Chaparral Construction, LLC.
13201 State Hwy 12
La Veta, CO 81055
(719) 742-3222
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Construction and Excavation Services since 1963

Chaparral Construction Services

Chaparral Tree & Brush Mastication

Improving Forrest Health and Mitigating Wildfires

Poor forest management has become a large problem as logging is allowed in fewer areas and invasive tree species have rapidly spread and taken over forests. Chaparral has extensive experience in invasive tree species removal via mechanical mastication, and mitigation and reduction of forest fuels via timber removal and mastication.

Tree & brush mastication is a fuel reduction treatment method used in forestry management to reduce wildfire risk, to reduce fuel loadings by returning the forest to natural conditions. Masticating fuels, or mulching the forest, involves the reduction of vegetation into a mulch type material of various sizes and is one of the many ways overstocked forest stands are thinned. The benefits include opening the canopy and forest floor which provides the remaining trees access to more nutrients, sunlight and water. When trees are crowded together, they are in competition for sunlight and water. As a result, they tend to be less healthy. Mastication can assist in removing some trees in the early stages, to allow the remaining trees to grow faster, stronger and larger.

Chaparral also performs systematic mastication and clearing to aid in managing general forest health. We have experience in wildfire burn scar rehabilitation and erosion control, including extensive work on the Hayman and Waldo Canyon Fire burn scars near Colorado Springs, CO.

Tree & Brush Mastication

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Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Justin removing invasive species on Purgatory River with masticator

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Cutting down burned trees with our Feller/Buncher

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Chaparral Tree Masticator/Grinder constructing fire line

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Ron rehabbing fire line after the Spring Creek Fire.

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Brian doing post fire Tree Mastication in Cuchara area.

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Fuel reduction along road pre fire

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Chaparral crew getting ready to thin out the forest

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Chaparral hauling off lumber from thinned out forest

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Chaparral Drum Masticator ready to grind and mulch trees and brush

Tree & Brush Mastication Work by Chaparral Construction

Chaparral creating a fire-belt for wildfire safety