Community Chipping program dates
The Grand County Wildfire Council announces the 2016 Community Chipping Program. This program assists communities and homeowners in reducing wildfire risk by providing sites where residents can drop off slash materials for chipping. This is a free service to all home and property owners in Grand County.
Individuals who are interested in the program must do the following:
1. Be a home or property OWNER or RENTER in Grand County (no commercial slash drop-offs will be allowed)
2. Register for the program by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and drop-off location. Pre-registration is preferred, however, drive-ups will be accepted.
3. Follow the Materials Guidelines
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 six (6) inches
No construction, building or other man-made materials
No lumber, fence posts or signs
No roots, root wads, 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
No willow trees/branches/bushes
Dates and Locations: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
July 9 in Grand Lake approximately 500 GCR 4
July 23 in Granby Red Dirt Fire Station at 85 GCR 5301
Aug 6th in Hot Sulphur Springs 51620 US Highway 40
Aug 20 in Kremmling Old Park Fire Station at 31 GCR 1935
The Grand County Wildfire Council is collaborating with the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and the Granby Sanitation District (GSD) to repurpose the wood chips, or “woody biomass” from this program. The YMCA will be using the chips for restoration practices, while Granby Sanitation utilizes the chips to create “GrandGro,” a Class A soil amendment consisting of biosolids mixed with pine wood chips. Incorporating GrandGro into existing soils will significantly improve soil structure, increase water-holding capacity and provide nutrients. GrandGro is available to GSD customers free of charge and the general public for $10 per cubic yard. For more information, call the Granby Sanitation District at 970-887-2052.
According to the Colorado State Forest Service, “woody biomass utilization contributes to forest health–especially in areas affected by insect and disease–by reducing the cost of removing hazardous trees and by avoiding air quality impacts that can result from slash-pile burning.”
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