Dear Neighborhoods: First I want to thank each of you for working with us over the years to create defensible space by participating in either the FireFree Program and/or the “Sweat Equity” effort throughout the county. For 2011 we have a fiscal glitch that we are working hard to resolve. Without boring you with all the details we have over-achieved with past grant activities. Our two largest grants come from FEMA and when you over-achieve with FEMA, it changes the Scope of Work and requires us to submit a new Scope of Work for approval. We have completed that task but FEMA has ordered us to suspend all activities until that Scope of Work is approved, so we are awaiting that decision. It is our hope to have an answer within the next month so we can begin scheduling work in our neighborhoods. Until that time I can make no commitments to "Sweat Equity" projects until the grant funding we already have is released by FEMA. We had an ambitious plan to work with 25 areas across the county to assist with creating defensible space. I ask for your patience. We will contact you as soon as we have this resolved. I know that many of you are scheduling homeowner meetings and working on schedules but at this time we don’t want to build false expectations. We’ll work with you as soon as we’re able to do so. Thanks, Joe Joe Stutler Deschutes County Forester (541) 322-7117 office (541) 388-2719 fax 61150 SE 27th St.