Ribbon Farms is a rural area with open fields adjacent to properties
that have homes and other structures. The open fields generally
have a mixture of wild grasses and other indigenous plant species that
undergo an annual cycle of growth in the Spring, followed by a dry
season in Summer and Fall.
Dry grasslands are potentially a wildfire risk, but also serve as
wildlife nesting areas, particularly for birds of prey such as Harrier
hawks. Nesting cycles are generally complete by mid-July, and
fields become dry with increasing susceptibility to fire in
August. In particularly dry years (such as 2015) these natural
cycles occur earlier in the year.
5, Section 1 of the CC&R’s for the
BRFPOA is entitled "Vegetation control" and states:
"In order to minimize the possibility of grass fires and to control the
spread of noxious weeds, the mowing of entire lots may be required by
the Board of Directors. Failure to comply with a written request
the Board for such action within a specified period of time may result
in the billing of individual lot owners to pay for vegetation control
on their property."
current Board Blue Ribbon Farms Property Owners Association
approach to this issue is:
of mowing will depend upon environmental conditions; in general mowing
in the last week of July will be the target date.
a complaint about an overgrown lot is received, a community-wide survey
will be done by the Board of Directors and letters sent to owners of
all overgrown lots reminding them of their responsibility to maintain
lots so as reduce the spread of noxious weeds and to control risk of
mowing, as permitted by the CC&Rs, will only be directed to
specific lots for which complaints have been received from adjacent
neighbors, and where the owner has not responded to the initial
reminder letter and a second letter, by having the lot mowed that is
the source of the complaint.
If property owners are in need of a mowing service, there are many
available in the area, including:
Bob & Dorothy Schilling
Address: 2365 Finn Hall Road, Port Angeles 98362
Tractor Service (360-460-6266)