Summit County Chipping Program

You can protect your home from wildfire with help from the Summit County Chipping Program. Summit County government helps 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.

When it comes to wildfire, it takes everyone to protect everyone.    

2020 Chipping Program Request for Proposals (RFP)
Summit County is accepting contractor proposals for the 2020 county-wide curbside chipping program. See RFP for more information.

Example of a good slash pile for chipping program
Chipping crew loading slash into a chipper

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

2019 Chipping Program Results

A total of 1,931 local households participated in the 2019 Chipping Program, and chipping crews removed 3,738 slash piles, making significant progress toward our community’s wildfire protection goals. Approximately 5,400 cubic yards of chips were hauled to Climax Molybdenum Mine for reclamation efforts.


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.