Chipping Program

The information on this page applies to all residents of Boulder County

Your community is located in Unincorporated Boulder County, the City of Boulder, Erie (Boulder County portions), Jamestown, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Superior and Ward.

The 2023 Chipping Season has concluded for the year!

Thank you to all the 2023 Hosts and Participants. The Community Chipping Program will resume when the snow clears in Spring of 2024. Please check back here for updates or contact the Chipping Coordinator next year.

New Redesigned Program & Application Process

Wildfire Partners has redesigned its chipping program and application process. The new program, Wildfire Partners Community Chipping Program, is now working with private contractors to provide free chipping services to communities of five or more neighboring Boulder County homeowners.

The program requires one person or household to assume the role of Chipping Event Host for their community chipping event. The Chipping Event Host will be responsible for completing an application, coordinating a chipping event date(s) with a Boulder County approved contractor and participating neighbors, and educating the participating neighbors on the slash pile requirements.

How the program works:

  1. A Boulder County homeowner wanting to organize a chipping event for their community completes an application and provides the required information. This homeowner applying for a chipping event is referred to as the Chipping Event Host for their community.
  2. Once the application is submitted by the Chipping Event Host, Wildfire Partners staff will review the application and notify the Chipping Event Host if the application has been approved. The review process takes approximately 1-2 weeks.
  3. Upon approval, the Chipping Event Host will receive an email from Wildfire Partners with a list of Boulder County approved chipping contractors, instructions on contacting and scheduling a contractor, and a reminder of slash pile requirements.
  4. The Chipping Event Host is responsible for contacting a contractor from the Boulder County approved list and scheduling the event day(s). Once the event day(s) is scheduled, the Chipping Event Host will provide the date to Wildfire Partners.
  5. The Chipping Event Host works with the participating homeowners to educate them on constructing their slash piles in preparation for the event day(s).
  6. On the event day(s), the contractor will arrive at the event location(s), chip the slash piles, and transport the chips to the Boulder County approved donation sites.
  7. Wildfire Partners will pay the contractor directly once the work is completed.
Statistics on the success of the program

Application:

Before completing the application, please ensure that you have the names, addresses, and emails of the neighbors who will participate in the chipping event. This information must be provided on the application. Please remember that at least 5 neighbors (including the Chipping Event Host) must be included for the application to be approved.

Wildfire Partners Community Chipping Application

If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email to Zack Bertges at zbertges@bouldercounty.gov.

Please fill out the simple form to apply!

Apply For The Chipping Program!

FAQs

Currently, there are no restrictions on the length of the slash pile size. Piles are required to be 5 feet deep and 5 feet tall (do not exceed the depth or height of this requirement). The length of the pile should be at least 5 feet.

While there are no date restrictions at this time, chipping operations will likely not occur during inclement weather or snow.

Yes- all contractors that are involved with the Community Chipping Program are specifically approved by Boulder County and Wildfire Partners.

There is no cost to the homeowner for participation in the Wildfire Partners Community Chipping Program.

Contractors will travel from address-to-address to chip each slash pile. You should not combine slash piles into one central location.

No. In general, all slash should be staged 2-3 ft from a public road in a safe location. If this is not common for your property or if staging this way creates a hazard for the public or the homeowner, the participant and Chipping Event Host need to communicate directly with the Contractor, prior to the Chipping Event, to determine if the Contractor can access the slash pile safely.

Currently there is no maximum amount of slash, so long as the slash pile is built under the Wildfire Partner’s requirements.

Properties need to be reasonably close together and in the same neighborhood. Properties do not need to share a border.

While this process is currently being researched with Boulder County partners, this will not be an option for the 2023 Community Chipping Program.

You can apply for the Community Chipping Program as long as each property has its own unique street address.

No. The Chipping Program’s purpose is to reduce slash (fire fuel) into woodchips, and then relocate the woodchips to a donation site.

Ideally, each property would have only one slash pile. Any considerations to numbers of piles should be discussed with your Chipping Contractor.

Chipping Program Information

Questions?

zbertges@bouldercounty.gov

720-439-7475