The City of Folsom has over 650 acres of city-owned open space managed by the Parks and Recreation Department and of that acreage, approximately 300 acres receives weed abatement to achieve city-mandated setbacks and defensible space.
There are more than 100 different sites and locations ranging in size from less than one acre to more than 20 acres. During summer months, the city experiences hot and dry weather which can create a fire hazard when vegetation dries out and becomes extremely flammable.
In accordance with the Folsom Municipal Code, the city requires weed abatement to provide defensible space behind inhabited structures. The code also requires private property owners to establish defensible spaces around their buildings or structures.
The type of fire hazard removed from public areas and open space includes seasonal and recurrent weeds, brush, and dry grasses. Weed and vegetation abatement runs in conjunction with the declared fire season, typically from May to October of each year.
The city utilizes multiple resources and vendors to accomplish weed abatement responsibilities, including city maintenance staff, contractors and managed grazing. Grazing animals (sheep and goats) are used in selected areas in Folsom for vegetation control instead of manual, mechanical or chemical methods.
The Parks and Recreation Department manages open space in parks and open space areas within the city's Landscaping and Lighting Districts. Maps and scheduled can be found below. The schedule for weed abatement is based on fire hazard ratings as determined by the City of Folsom Fire Chief.
If you observe a weed abatement issue, first refer to the city's website to see if the site is scheduled. If you'd like to report an unscheduled weed abatement need, you can use SeeclickFixFolsom or contact Lauren One, Deputy Fire Marshall at 916-461-6312.
Click here for the Parks & Open Space weed abatement schedule for 2018.
Click here for the Lighting & Landscaping Districts weed abatement schedule for 2018.