Summit County Chipping Program

You can protect your home from wildfire with help from the Summit County Chipping Program. Summit County government is helping residents and property owners create defensible space by providing free chipping and disposal for branches, logs and small trees. If you clear woody vegetation from around your home and stack it in a slash pile, we’ll chip it and haul it away at no cost.

Remember, it takes everyone to protect everyone.    

Want to see when the chipper will be in your neighborhood? Take a look at the 2018 Chipping Fact Sheet (pdf).

Chipping crew loading slash into a chipper

Missed Piles

The Summit County Chipping Program is receiving a record volume of material from local residents and property owners, which has caused our chipping crews to run behind schedule. We are excited to see the community's dedication to defensible space and wildfire preparedness, and we are currently working to expand our chipping crews, who are doing their best to catch up.

If you set out slash piles for the Chipping Program on the Monday morning of your neighborhood's designated chipping week, but those piles were not chipped and hauled away by the following Sunday evening, please fill out the Chipping Program Missed Pile Reporting Form by 5 p.m. of the subsequent Friday, i.e., 7 days after the Friday of your chipping week.

We will send the chipping crews to collect your pile(s) as soon as we can. Neighborhoods coming up on the schedule should continue to put out piles as originally scheduled. We appreciate your patience and your participation in the Summit County Chipping Program!

Materials Guidelines


Accepted materials include trees, logs and branches up to 12 inches in diameter, free of nails and wire. The following restrictions apply:
  • No willows or cottonwood: Willows and cottonwood have high moisture content, so they help to slow the spread of fire.  They also clog chipping equipment because they are very fibrous. 
  • No construction or building materials, treated lumber, fence posts or signs.
  • No shrubs, rood wads, stumps, dirt or rocks. These items clog and damage chipping equipment.
  • No grass clippings, trash, weeds or bags of leaves.

Pile Guidelines


Piles must be stacked by 8 a.m. on the Monday of your neighborhood's designated chipping week (see schedule below). Chipping and collection will take place Monday through Friday of your neighborhood's designated week. Improperly stacked piles, and any piles stacked after 8 a.m. on Monday, may not be identified or collected.
  • Stack piles neatly (no bags), with the large ends of branches facing the road.
  • Place piles within 5 feet of the roadway, but not touching the road or in drainage ditches.
  • Maximum pile size is 5 'x 5' x 5'. There is no limit on the number of piles you may put out. If you have more than 20 piles, please notify us one week prior to your chipping week.
  • After crews have removed your pile, clear away any remaining branches, needles and debris.
  • Do not combine piles with neighbors' piles or place piles in other neighborhoods.
  • If you would like to keep your chips, tie a piece of red yarn or flagging in a prominent spot on the pile.

Example of a "Good Pile"

Example of a good slash pile for chipping program

Example of a "Bad Pile"

Example of a bad slash pile for chipping program

2018 Chipping Schedule

Northern and Central Summit County

  • Week 1 (June 25 – June 29): Frisco, Copper Mountain
  • Week 2 (July 2 - 6): Montezuma, Keystone, Summit Cove, Summerwood
  • Week 3 (July 9 - 13): Corinthian Hill, Dillon, Dillon Valley, Mesa Cortina, Wildernest
  • Week 4 (July 16 - 20): Ptarmigan, Silverthorne
  • Week 5 (July 23 - 27): Ruby Ranch, Willowbrook to Golden Eagle Road
  • Week 6 (July 30 - August 3): Eagles Nest, Three Peaks, South Forty, Hamilton Creek, Sage Creek Canyon
  • Week 7 (August 6 - 10): Pebble Creek to Heeney
  • Week 8 (August 13 - 17): Frisco, Copper Mountain
  • Week 9 (August 20 - 24): Montezuma, Keystone, Summit Cove, Summerwood
  • Week 10 (August 27 - 31): Corinthian Hill, Dillon, Dillon Valley, Mesa Cortina, Wildernest
  • Week 11 (September 3 - 7): Ptarmigan, Silverthorne
  • Week 12 (September 10 - 14): Ruby Ranch, Willowbrook to Golden Eagle Road
  • Week 13 (September 17 - 21): Eagles Nest, Three Peaks, South Forty, Hamilton Creek, Sage Creek Canyon
  • Week 14 (September 24 - 28): Pebble Creek to Heeney

Southern Summit County

  • Week 1 (June 25 – June 29): Quandary to Tordal Estates
  • Week 2 (July 2 - 6): Town of Blue River
  • Week 3 (July 9 - 13):): Spruce Valley Road (The Crown), Spruce Valley Ranch, Warrior’s Mark
  • Week 4 (July 16 - 20): Boreas, Baldy, Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch
  • Week 5 (July 23 - 27): Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9
  • Week 6 (July 30 - August 3): Highlands, Summit Estates
  • Week 7 (August 6 - 10): Silver Shekel, Highland Meadows, Tenmile Vista, Gold Hill, Farmer’s Korner
  • Week 8 (August 13 - 17): Quandary to Tordal Estates
  • Week 9 (August 20 - 24): Town of Blue River
  • Week 10 (August 27 - 31):): Spruce Valley Road (The Crown), Spruce Valley Ranch, Warrior’s Mark
  • Week 11 (September 3 - 7): Boreas, Baldy, Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch
  • Week 12 (September 10 - 14): Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9
  • Week 13 (September 17 - 21): Highlands, Summit Estates
  • Week 14 (September 24 - 28): Silver Shekel, Highland Meadows, Tenmile Vista, Gold Hill, Farmer’s Korner

2017 Chipping Program Results


A total of 2,528 local households participated in the 2017 Chipping Program, and chipping crews removed 9,227 slash piles, making significant progress toward our community’s wildfire protection goals. 5,120 cubic yards of chips were taken to Climax Mine for reclamation purposes.


Contact

 
For more information on the Summit County Chipping Program, call or email Dan Schroder (970-668-4140).


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