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.
Photo of a crew operating 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 shrubs, sage or willows
  • No construction or building materials
  • No treated lumber, fence posts or signs
  • No root wads, stumps, dirt or rocks
  • 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. 
  • Stack piles neatly (no bags), with large ends 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 feet high, by 5 feet deep, by 5 feet wide.
  • There is no limit on the number of piles you may put out. But if you plan to put out 10 or more piles, please notify us at 970-668-4139 prior to your neighborhood's designated chipping week.
  • After crews have removed your pile, clear away any remaining branches, needles and debris.
  • Do not combine piles with neighbors or place piles in other neighborhoods.
  • If you want to keep your chips, tie a piece of red yarn or flagging in a prominent spot on the pile.

Good Chip Pile

Good Pile for Website

Bad Chip Pile

Bad Pile for Website

Chipping Schedule by Neighborhood

Chipping crews will spend one week in each neighborhood in Summit County during early-to-mid summer, and then a second week in each neighborhood during late summer or fall, per the schedule below. For more details, or to view a map, see the Chipping Program Brochure (pdf)

Chipping crews will make every effort to remove your pile(s) during your neighborhood’s designated chipping week. In the event that crews encounter unexpectedly large volumes of slash in a given neighborhood, please be patient if we can’t remove your pile until a later date.

Northern and Central Summit County Neighborhoods (not all-inclusive - see list of subdivisions by week -pdf)

  • Week 1 (June 27-July1); Week 8 (Aug. 15-19): Frisco, Copper
  • Week 2 (July 5-8); Week 9 (Aug. 22-26): Montezuma, Keystone, Summit Cove, Summerwood
  • Week 3 (July 11-15); Week 10 (Aug. 29-Sep. 2): Corinthian Hill, Dillon, Dillon Valley, Mesa Cortina, Wildernest
  • Week 4 (July 18-22); Week 11 (Sep. 6-9): Ptarmigan, Silverthorne
  • Week 5 (July 25-29); Week 12 (Sep. 12-16): Willowbrook to Three Peaks
  • Week 6 (August 1-5); Week 13 (Sep. 19-23): Eagles Nest, South Forty, Hamilton Creek Ranch, Sage Creek Canyon
  • Week 7 (August 8-12); Week 14 (Sep. 26-30): Pebble Creek to Heeney
Southern Summit County Neighborhoods (not all-inclusive - see list of subdivisions by week -pdf)
  • Week 1 (June 27–July 1); Week 8 (Aug. 15-19): Quandary to Tordal Estates
  • Week 2 (July 5-8); Week 9 (Aug. 22-26): Town of Blue River
  • Week 3 (July 11-15); Week 10 (Aug. 29-Sep. 2): Spruce Valley Road (The Crown), Spruce Valley Ranch, Warrior’s Mark
  • Week 4 (July 18-22); Week 11 (Sep. 6-9):Boreas, Baldy, Moonstone, Western Sky Ranch
  • Week 5 (July 25-29); Week 12 (Sep. 12-16): Peak 7, Peak 8, Peak 9
  • Week 6 (August 1-5); Week 13 (Sep. 19-23): Highlands, Summit Estates
  • Week 7 (August 8-12); Week 14 (Sep. 26-30): Silver Shekel, Highland Meadows, Tenmile Vista, Gold Hill, Farmer’s Korner
Download the 2016 Chipping Program Flyer (pdf).

2015 Chipping Program Results

A total of 1,973 local landowners participated in the 2015 Chipping Program, and chipping crews removed 5,254 slash piles, making significant progress toward our community’s wildfire protection goals. 7,000 cubic yard of chips were taken to Climax Mine for reclamation purposes.

For full results, view the 2015 Chipping Program Outcomes fact sheet (pdf).


For more information on the Summit County Chipping Program, call or email Doug Cupp (970-668-4139).

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