2017 Community Chipping Program

printer-friendly-iconThe 2017 Community Chipping Program is intended to assist communities and homeowners reduce wildfire risk by providing a curb-side chipping service. This is a FREE service to participating communities and residents within the West Region, however each participant must track and document the amount of time that is spent cutting, dragging and making piles.

If you would like to participate in the Comchipper action photomunity Chipping Program within your community project, please read the Materials and Piling Guidelines as well as the Participants Requirements below and then click on the “Register Now”.


  • In order to participate in this program, you must live within a community that has been pre-registered with the WRWC. (see Involving Your Community below).
  • Participants must register their piles by clicking on the Register Now button below.
  • Individual homeowners must track the amount of time that they spend making  their piles.


  • The WRWC is highly interested in getting your community involved with this program.
  • In order to schedule a chipping day in your community, we need assurance that there will be participation from at least five different community members.
  • If you would like to have your community be pre-registered for the Community Chipping Program, please contact WRWC at 970-615-7300. We will discuss ways for getting your community involved with this program.


Accepted materials include trees, tree branches, small diameter logs and brush (cut away from root mass). The following restrictions apply:

  • No logs or branches with a diameter greater than 6 inches
  • No construction, building or other man-made materials
  • No lumber, fence posts or signs
  • No roots, rootwads, stumps or anything else that grows below the soil
  • No materials that contain dirt, sand, gravel or rocks
  • No materials that contain any metal (nails, screws, fencing), string or other man-made materials
  • No herbaceous / non-woody plant material

Pile dimensions 2 (2)PILE GUIDELINES

  • Piles must be stacked  with the cut ends facing the road  or driveway (see photo). 
  • Piles must be within 5 feet of roadway or driveway, but not touching the road, in drainage ditches or impeding any traffic.
  • If piles are stacked along the driveway, the driveway must have adequate turnaround for a full sized truck with a trailer mounted chipper.
  • Maximum pile size is 5 feet high x 5 feet deep x 7 feet long.
  • Maximum number of piles: 5 per property per year. (NOTE: If you want to chip more than 5 piles, please contact WRWC at 970-615-7300. You will need to make a special arrangement with the third party contractor to pay for any additional piles beyond the 5 allotted).
  • Piles that are created using heavy machinery are very difficult to pull apart then chip and will be rejected.


  • All wood chips, resulting from the chipping of your pile(s) will be left on site.
  • Participants will be given the choice to have their wood chips piled nearby or broadcast (spread out) using the chipper.
  • While we understand wood chips make for garden bed material, please do not put wood chips within 15 feet of your home, decks or other structures as they might contribute to wildfire hazards at that point.


  • Please review the map below to determine if your community is currently ENROLLED or currently UNENROLLED
  • If you community is ENROLLED and your property is within the boundaries on the map, you may register using the red button at the bottom of the page.
  • If your community is currently UNEROLLED, please contact the West Region Wildfire Council. We will need assurance that your community will have at least five participating residents to enroll your community. We will work with you and our chipping contractor to set a Pile Registration Deadline for your community.
  • If you live outside of an community boundary, you may still be eligible to participate in this program. Please contact us at 970-615-7300 to inquire.


Enrolled Communities are in various COLORS


Please use the map above to see if you live within an enrolled community. If your community is already enrolled, you may register your address and piles at any time before the pile registration deadline. Below is a list of currently enrolled communities along with their current 2017 pile registration deadlines:

Please contact WRWC today to enroll your community in the 2017 Community Chipping Program. Please call our office line at 970-615-7300.