Chipping can be a very effective method of slash disposal. A layer of chips a few inches deep spread across the ground poses relatively little fire hazard. Chipping results in a neat appearance, and the mulch holds soil moisture, covers exposed soil, and inhibits weed germination. Most of the labor is in dragging the material to the chipper and feeding it by hand. The material also can be piled first and the chipper moved around to each of the piles. Chipping requires fairly level ground and good access, since most chippers are towed by a truck. Below are some basic tips to ensure a smooth operation.
A notification to your local Oregon Department of Forestry, Stewardship Forester is required when doing any fuels reduction, logging related activities or Power- Driven Machinery Permits. Landowners can file notifications online at https://ferns.odf.oregon.gov/E-Notification/