About Us

Our Story

After growing up working in his father’s concrete business, Austin has always had a passion for starting his own business. Working a short stent in the corporate world after college proved that a “hands on” line of work was actually better suited for him.

With the dangers of wildfires in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, he dedicated his time to learning about proper fire mitigation strategies and investing in the right tools and equipment to mitigate his own 2 acre mountain property. 

He met with local fire authorities, spent hours reading FireWise mitigation strategies, and got to work with a chainsaw & skid steer clearing 50+ dead trees from his 2 acre mountain property following Firewise mitigation strategies.

From there, neighboring property owners began to ask if Austin could perform tree removal & fire mitigation services on their properties.

Through this hands on 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, excavation, & fire mitigation projects throughout the Rocky Mountains. 

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 clean up the forests of Colorado.

Our Team


Austin Gray, owner & 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, snowboarding, fly fishing, or archery hunting — basically anything outdoors!



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.

Josh Hetland, Lead Operator of Bear Claw Land Services

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.

Rocky Diver - Equipment Operator at Bear Claw Land Services

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.

Our Core Values

safety first

Be honest

work hard

Do what's right

deliver 5 star service

provide solutions, not problems

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