Summit County Chipping Program

You can protect your home from wildfire with help from the Summit County Community 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.

2017 Chipping Fact Sheet
Chipping crew loading slash into a chipper

Materials Guidelines


Accepted materials include trees, logs and branches up to 9 inches in diameter, free of nails and wire. The following restrictions apply:
  • No willows: Willows help to slow the spread of fire because they have high moisture content, and clog chipping equipment because they are very fibrous.
  • No cottonwood: Cottonwoods are important native trees that stabilize stream banks, take up storm water and serve as riparian wildlife habitat.
  • 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.
  • 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

2017 Chipping Schedule


Northern and Central Summit County

  • Week 1 (June 26 – June 30): Frisco, Copper Mountain
  • Week 2 (July 3 - 7): Montezuma, Keystone, Summit Cove, Summerwood
  • Week 3 (July 10 - 14): Corinthian Hill, Dillon, Dillon Valley, Mesa Cortina, Wildernest
  • Week 4 (July 17 - 21): Ptarmigan, Silverthorne
  • Week 5 (July 24 - 28): Ruby Ranch, Willowbrook to Golden Eagle Rd.
  • Week 6 (July 31 - August 4): Eagles Nest, Three Peaks, South Forty, Hamilton Creek, Sage Creek Canyon
  • Week 7 (August 7 - 11): Pebble Creek to Heeney
  • Week 8 (August 14 – 18): Frisco, Copper Mountain
  • Week 9 (August 21 – 25): Montezuma, Keystone, Summit Cove, Summerwood
  • Week 10 (August 28 – September 1): Corinthian Hill, Dillon, Dillon Valley, Mesa Cortina, Wildernest
  • Week 11 (September 4 – 8): Ptarmigan, Silverthorne
  • Week 12 (September 11 – 15): Ruby Ranch, Willowbrook to Golden Eagle Rd.
  • Week 13 (September 18 – 22): Eagles Nest, Three Peaks, South Forty, Hamilton Creek, Sage Creek Canyon
  • Week 14 (September 25 – 29): Pebble Creek to Heeney
List of Subdivisions by Week 

Southern Summit County



  • Week 1 (June 26 – June 30): Quandary to Tordal Estates
  • Week 2 (July 3 - 7): Town of Blue River
  • Week 3 (July 10 - 14):): Spruce Valley Road (The Crown), Spruce Valley Ranch, Warrior’s Mark
  • Week 4 (July 17 - 21): Boreas, Baldy, Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch
  • Week 5 (July 24 - 28): Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9
  • Week 6 (July 31 - August 4): Highlands, Summit Estates
  • Week 7 (August 7 - 11): Silver Shekel, Highland Meadows, Tenmile Vista, Gold Hill, Farmer’s Korner
  • Week 8 (August 14 – 18): Quandary to Tordal Estates
  • Week 9 (August 21 – 25): Town of Blue River
  • Week 10 (August 28 – September 1): Spruce Valley Road (The Crown), Spruce Valley Ranch, Warrior’s Mark
  • Week 11 (September 4 – 8): Boreas, Baldy, Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch
  • Week 12 (September 11 – 15): Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9
  • Week 13 (September 18 – 22): Highlands, Summit Estates
  • Week 14 (September 25 – 29): Silver Shekel, Highland Meadows, Tenmile Vista, Gold Hill, Farmer’s Korner

2016 Chipping Program Results


A total of 1,971 local households participated in the 2016 Chipping Program, and chipping crews removed 5,979 slash piles, making significant progress toward our community’s wildfire protection goals. 5,480 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).


Colorado State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Summit County cooperating. Extension programs available to all without discrimination.