Big Bear Valley, CA, June 11, 2012, 8:00am - The free neighborhood chipping program in the mountain communities will continue until August 31, 2012. The program is in place to help home and business owners create defensible space on their property by removing dead vegetation and accumulated pine needles, and trimming branches and over grown shrubs. Once your property has been thinned out, limbed up and cleared of overgrown vegetation, you can call the free chipping hotline to have your material chipped into mulch and carried away. The free program is open to all properties within the National Forest. Residents including renters, homeowners, and second homeowners are eligible. All material that is placed next to the road will be chipped. However, anything larger than 9” in diameter, stumps, pine needles, leaves, construction debris or trash will not be chipped. If you have property in Big Bear Valley and would like the chipper to visit, call 1-877-771-CHIP, that’s 1-877-771-2447.