Hazard Trees

Who Qualifies for Hazard Tree Removal?

A hazard tree is one that can fall into a public road, right of way, or public property but there are a few exceptions as to who qualifies. 

-The public road must be part of the county’s-maintained road system to qualify

-  Property adjacent to National Forest lands or National Forest roads do not qualify  

If you have any questions about qualifying hazard trees, please contact Plumas County Public Works at 530-283-6268.

Hazard Tree Process:

First, a Registered Professional Forester or Certified Arborist will assess whether there are qualifying hazard trees on the property.  

If there are hazard trees, they will be marked for removal with blue dots at chest height and a barcode at the base of the tree.  Next, the marked trees will be felled and removed.   

Finally, state crews will perform a final inspection to ensure all the work has been completed.  At this point, the process for returning the property back to the owner is the same as for structural debris.   State Debris Removal Task Force personnel will contact county Debris Removal staff who will, in turn, notify the property owner. 

Additional Resources for Hazard Trees:

-A Closer Look at the Hazard Tree Removal


-Plumas County Public Works: 530-283-6268

-Debris Removal Tracking through CAL OES and CAL Recycle


-CAL OES Debris Removal: 855-596-5734