Residential Chipper Program

The Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council has received grant funding to start a residential chipping program for the Yuba County foothills. The goal of this program is intended to help residents create defensible space around occupied homes and reduce vegetation along access routes. The program is designed for residential use – no business or commercial use and available to Yuba County residents ONLY.

We will allocate up to 3 hours per property with no charge to the resident! Chipping jobs longer than 3 hours may be the responsibility of the property owner.


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We will chip up to a maximum of 3 hours on a single sight visit. A pile 50’ long, 3’ tall and approximately 8’ wide can typically be completed in this time. If your piles cannot be chipped in the 3 hours, the crew may return at a later date if the applicant requests and at the owner’s expense.  Chipping will occur alongside the road/driveway or other areas that allow the crew to work around the wood debris piles safely.

Piles not meeting the guidelines or containing materials not approved will be denied service.  The chipping crew will instruct the applicant on proper stacking. Once corrected another application may be submitted.


Please read the following guidelines before submitting your application below.

The chipper can handle material up to 4” in diameter and up to 8’ feet long.. Freshly cut and stacked materials chip much better than old dry wood. If your piles have been in place for a long time and/or contain a lot of old dry material, our crews may not be able to chip them.

  • No one piece of material may weigh more than 50 pounds, and no dozer or tractor piles.
  • No nails, wire or any metal pieces!!
  • No roots or stumps
  • No Poison Oak
  • No spiny plants, roses or blackberries
  • No Scotch/French broom or gorse
  • No construction- type wood such as fence posts or 2x4s
  • No rocks, dirt and mud
  • No rakings or piles of needles, leaves or grass
  • No dead/ old wood (hardens and cannot be put through the chipper)


Chipper Program Application


NOTE  – This Application Requires “Attached Photos” of Your Piles to complete Submission


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