About Us

The Bear Claw Story

Josh & Austin met at the local Shell station while filling up diesel tanks. 

Austin had recently started his tree removal / fire mitigation business & Josh had purchased a Cat road grader from Bob’s Blade to start his own snow plowing & grading business. 

The two exchanged contact information & immediately began referring work to each other. After a year of bringing each other in as sub contractors to help one another on each other’s projects, Josh and Austin decided it was time to join forces and build a team. 

From there, Austin began focusing on business development, estimating, & recruiting while Josh focused on leading the field crew & managing projects. 

Through this collaborative approach, Bear Claw Land Services was born.

Bear Claw Land Services now owns & operates multiple pieces of specialized forestry equipment including forestry skid steers, masticators, excavators, and chippers to tackle land clearing & fire mitigation projects throughout the Rocky Mountains. 

The company also owns & operates a Caterpillar 140G road grader focused on delivering 5 star gravel road grading services in the summer and snow plowing for HOA’s in the winter. 

Since joining forces, Josh & Austin have recruited Dani, Josiah, Chase, and Rocky to help deliver 5 star land clearing, fire mitigation, excavation, and grading services in Grand County, Colorado 

Bear Claw Mountain in Winter Park, Colorado.

Why "Bear Claw?"

Parry Peak, aka Bear Claw is the iconic landmark mountain in Winter Park, Colorado, where our company was founded. 

As outdoor enthusiasts, the Bear Claw name and logo is a consistent reminder to acknowledge & appreciate the mountains that we get to call home. 

As population increases in our home state, more families & homes will be threatened by wildfires if we don’t take action on cleaning up the Colorado forest. 

We’re on a mission to clean up as many dead trees from the forest to protect homes & families from the threat of wildfires while prioritizing a healthy, thriving forest ecosystem for generations to come. 

Our Mission

We're on a mission to deliver 5 Star Services to our local Grand County community.

Our Core Values

do what's right



always improving

deliver 5 star service

solutions, not problems

Our Team


Austin Gray, general manager

When he's not operating a skid steer or estimating a new project, Austin enjoys spending time with his wife Bayleigh & daughter Berkleigh. You can also find him mountain biking, skiing, fishing, or archery hunting depending on the season.



As a finance professional, began her career as a financial analyst at Bloomberg, specializing in financial models and strategic analysis. She transitioned to become a Home Buyer Consultant at Evolve, facilitating over $34M in acquisitions. She holds a Real Estate Development Certification from Cornell University, and as a Texas Tech graduate, she was a Division I NCAA soccer champion in 2015.

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Josiah hetland
estimator / project manager

Josiah brings a wealth of skills to the Bear Claw team with his experience operating equipment in the field, sales background, and general business management skills. When he's not at work, he enjoys lifting weights & riding snowmobiles.


Josh hetland
field operations manager

As the most skilled equipment operator on our crew, Josh leads our field operations. His ability to operate machinery with finesse while leading the crew ensures every project is delivered with proper care and efficiency. Josh enjoys spending time with his wife Amber & snowmobiling in the winter after his plow routes.

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chase pitscka
equipment operator

The 3rd Minnesotan to join the team, Chase brings general mechanical skills along with the knack to operate any machine efficiently. When he's not in the forest with Bear Claw, he enjoys catching fish in Grand County along with creating fishing & van life videos on his YouTube channel.

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rocky diver
Equipment operator

A Chicago transplant, Rocky shows up on time every day with a great attitude ready to learn new things & tackle any task on the ground. From feeding chippers to manhandling Jumping Jacks - Rocky's got you covered. Outside of work he enjoys walking local rivers catching trout on his spinning rod.

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