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Our community website was developed to serve as an informative resource for both our neighborhood and our local community. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions.  Our mailing address is PPOA, PO Box 988, Goldendale WA 98620
~ Neighborhood News ~
Cougar Sighting
Posted on Aug 19th, 2023
Hello Friends and Neighbors!
The Board has received notice that there has been a cougar spotted on Hemlock drinking from a resident's fountain. Nothing to panic about - they are here every year. Just keep an eye out and watch your pets and children.
(From Facebook post)
Phase 2
Posted on Aug 19th, 2023
Preparation for Phase 2 of the Firewise/DNR shaded fuel break is now in process!  Over the next couple weeks packets will be mailed or taken to you by a Firewise Committee member, if your property is part of the Phase 2 project.  Phase 2 includes properties along the powerline and from the northeast corner of the park down to the east entrance.  These packets will contain contact information for our DNR foresters, a map of the project, an introduction letter, and a"Ponderosa Park Wildfire Risk Mitigation Project" form.  This form must be signed and sent to Ben Hartmann, our lead project forester.  Maps of the project will soon be on the bulletin boards.  We hope we have great participation in this project.  The recent fires remind us that we must be proactive in making Ponderosa Firewise, and making all of us safe!
Emergency Notification
Posted on Aug 15th, 2023
Ponderosa Park Firewise reminds all park residents to be sure to sign up for emergency notifications from Klickitat County Emergency Management.  Just go to their website, and sign up for the new RAVE notification system.  You can put in multiple phone numbers and other important information.  We have heard from several people that they did not receive notification.  The system works well, but just be sure they have all your pertinent information . (During the recent fire I had our home phone in the system but not our cell phones, and we were out of town.  Our granddaughter  was at our home and got the loud evacuation messages even though she did not answer the call.)  Sign up! Be safe! Make us all safer!
Incident Reporting
Posted on Jul 11th, 2023
Please report speeders to ponderosatraffic@gmail.com or use the incident report of the website.  Include a description of the car, license plate, date and time to help the sheriff's dept. identify the person.
Reporting information is used only by the board to address the situation. The gmail address is handled by the Traffic and Safety committee head.  Incident reports are sent to ALL board members by the webmaster.
Please do not use the ponderosa-park.com news section for reporting any complaints or incidents. 
Firewise Work Party 4-29-2023
Posted on May 9th, 2023
At our April 29th Firewise Work Party a dedicated crew did a great job of fuel reduction at our fire station and on a nearby property to help a neighbor. Our group was fueled by donuts thanks to Don Cox. Thank you to everyone who pitched in! 
Wildfire Awareness Month
Posted on Feb 13th, 2023
May is Wildfire Awareness Month.  Firewise is planning a work party, education day,and a community chipping day.  Chipping is paid for by Firewise, and is free to the property owner.  We are applying for a grant from Firewise USA to increase our funds for fuel reduction.  We encourage everyone to get their chipping piles ready by the end of April.  On the Ponderosa Park website you can submit a request for free chipping.  Just click on Firewise, and you will see Chipping Information,  and Chipping Request .  There is also a Volunteer Hours form that allows you to submit the hours you spend on your lot doing fuel reduction.  These hours help us qualify as a Firewise Community, and may help us secure grants.  Thank you for helping to keep us all safe!
Firewise Reduction Project
Posted on Jan 20th, 2023
HIP HIP HOORAY!  Funds have been approved by the DNR for the Firewise Perimeter/Evacuation Route Project.  Phase One on the west side will be done THIS SPRING!  Thank you to all those who have signed authorization forms.  Any property owner who has not signed a form, and whose property is in phase one, must sign by February 15th, 2023 to be included in phase one.  Fuel reduction will begin shortly after this date.  The work done can be tailored to the individual property owner, such as flagging trees the owner wants to keep.  If you have any questions you can call Ben Hartmann, Service Forester Southeast Region at 509-261-1961, or Dustin Mutch, Landowner Assistance, Service Forester at 509-859-6437.  Your Firewise Committee Members will also be happy to help. 

Property owners who have signed authorization forms for properties that are in phase two or phase three, are still included in those projects.  Phase two and three will proceed if enough property owners in those areas sign on.  Talk to your neighbors.  This is a good deal!  We encourage anyone who has not signed on to do so.  The project is a go!  The money is there!  Just say "Yes"!  Call Ben or Dustin if you have questions.  All work will be done by DNR approved contractors.  This work is free to the property owner.  Fuel reduction makes us all safer.  An authorization drop box is attached to Martin's porch, 215 E. Ponderosa, the first house on the north side after you turn off Pipeline to enter the park.  Or give your signed authorization form to a Firewise committee member.
Firewise Hours
Posted on Nov 16th, 2022
Firewise Volunteer hours needed. The hours that you spend on creating defensible space and decreasing fuels on your property count toward our Firewise community goals, along with our work parties, education days, and DNR projects. Please use the data entry forms section on this website to submit your hours worked on Firewising your property. These efforts may also help when we try to qualify for grants or projects to make our community more safe from wildfires. You can submit hours worked this year, and hours can be accumulated over periods of time and submitted. The form shows start date and finish date. You can also submit hours and dollars spent hiring a contractor to do fuels reduction on your property. Thanks, and keep up the good work! 
PPOA Outreach Program
Posted on Feb 20th, 2022
The Board has become aware we have many people in the Park which do not have daily or weekly contact with someone outside of their home or need help with day to day living.  IF you would like to have someone call you to just make sure all is going well or need help, please fill out the following or to fill other needs.
YOU can stop or start this program at anytime.    Remember we are volunteers.
We hope to expand the program to help people with grocery purchases, doctors’ visits, and other services.  This is a free service. Although you would need to pay for any expenses you incur.
LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS. CONTACT 503-473-5773 or PPOAOutreach2022@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more about the program.
Click here to view and print the form to enroll in the program.

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~ Upcoming Events ~
PPOA Annual Members Meeting
Saturday, October 14th, 9:00am at Goldendale Grange
The 2023 PPOA members meeting will be held on Octover 14, 2023 in the Goldendale Grange, 340 E Darland beginning at 9am.

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