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Community Forestry Sort Yards

Community Forestry Sort Yards

• The Sort Yards are open Wednesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
• Brown paper yard bags will be accepted on a trial basis this season. Learn More

Drop off your logs, slash, and timber for FREE at one of our two Community Forestry Sort Yards.

Hours & Location

Call 303-678-6368 for operational status of either sort yard. Closures may be announced depending on weather and staffing requirements.

Nederland Sort Yard

Open Wed–Sat 9am–5pm

Nederland Sort Yard

May 3 – Oct. 28
Open Wednesday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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291 Ridge Road, Nederland

Meeker Park Sort Yard

Open Wed–Sat 9am–5pm

Allenspark Sort Yard

May 17 – Oct. 14
Open Wednesday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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8200 Hwy 7, Allenspark

Instructions & Guidelines

This is a sort yard and you must separate your woody biomass into the correct areas.

New Users

All new users will be required to complete a short registration form before they can unload.


All contractors will be required to complete a short registration form for each client’s property. Contractors will not be able to unload without the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Physical address of property (including county and zip code)

Hauling Guidelines

  • Clean out your pickup or trailer before loading material. This helps keep trash and debris from mingling with material.
  • All material must be securely tied down.
  • Keep all types of material separate within the load. Each type of material is unloaded in a different location.
  • Do not use heavy machinery to load material as this will often add rocks and dirt. Any load with rocks or dirt will be refused.
  • We do not accept material transported by chip vans, semi side dump, send end dump, walking floor, or live floor trailers.

What Is Accepted

Logs & Chunk Wood


  • Trim branches flush to the trunk.
  • Logs must be free of limbs and end of logs must be squared.
  • Smallest minimum diameter is 4 inches.
  • All species accepted.
  • Active Mountain Pine beetle wood is accepted but discouraged between July 15 – Sept. 15 (mass flight).
  • You must stack wood in the correct pile according to log length.
    • Chunk wood 16”-18”
    • Logs 4′ 3″
    • Logs 8′ 3″
    • Logs 12′ 3″
    • Logs 16′ 6″

Decayed Wood


  • Down decayed conifer logs and branches without needles. Anything that has a needle goes to the conifer slash pile.
  • All logs must be cut squared.
  • No roots. If there is a reddish tint to the wood, it’s a root. If it has a tri pod look, it’s a root
  • No old posts, dimensional lumber, or construction material.
  • No grass mixed in with the material.

Conifer Slash Branches

Slash and Branches

  • Green and brown conifer needle branches.
  • Rounds with a small end diameter of 4” must go to the log deck.
  • All Aspen, brush, and broad leaf material go to the broad-leaf pile.

Broad-leaved Branches

Broad leaf pile

  • Aspen, willows, brush, bushes, and all broad-leaf (without needles) trees.
  • Roots must be removed.
  • Branches with needles go in the conifer slash pile.

Grass, Leaves, Weeds, Forbs, Pine Cones & Needles

Brown paper yard bags are accepted with conditions

  • Grass, leaves, weeds, forbs, pine cones, and pine needles in brown paper yard bags will be accepted on a trial basis this season.
  • All bags will be inspected.
  • Bags with trash, dirt, rocks, cardboard, or wood will be refused.
  • Bags will be sent to A1 Organics to be composted and they will stop the trial at any time if non-compostable materials are found in bags.

What Is Not Accepted

Loads with rocks, dirt, or metal will be refused.
This is a free service. Please help to keep it free by keeping your loads clean and free from the items listed below.

Logs with Branches

Logs with Branches

  • Logs must have branches removed.

Loose Grass, Weeds & Forbs

Loose Weeds & Potted Plants

  • Grasses, weeds, and forbs are only accepted if they are in a paper yard bag.
  • Potted plants and food waste are not accepted.

Dimensional & Treated Lumber

Treated Lumber

  • Rough cut, treated, and dimensional lumber are not accepted.
  • Posts and fence materials are not accepted.

Root Balls

root ball

  • No stumps, root balls, or any root parts.



  • If it looks like a tripod, it’s a root and will be refused.

Construction Waste

Construction Waste

Rocks, Dirt, & Fireplace Ash

Rocks & Dirt



Free Materials

Wood for arts and crafts projects and compost-like material are available for free by completing the request form.

Material Request Form

Sorry, we do not give out mulch, wood chips, logs, or firewood.

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The Sort Yard is the best use of County Resources in the Allenspark area. It not only provides useful disposal of wildfire mitigation residue but staff have been excellent information resources for forestry practices, weed identification, and best practices.- Phil S.
We have been coming to the sort yard regularly for the past 5 years. Without this facility we would have never have been able to make this kind of progress clearing our property and mitigating against fire. Wayne and all of his staff are fantastic. We have enjoyed Jake this summer and still miss Tom and Nathan! Keep up the good work!- Mark and Yvonne
Thank you all for making the mitigation work so much easier!! You are very much appreciated! Muchas Gracias.- Anonymous
The sort yard is an asset to the mountain community. I have a small property (~1 acre) and don’t have room to pile materials to decompose safely. Thank You for the varied materials that are accepted (trees, pine needles, noxious weeds) .- Anonymous

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