I want to reply because I kinda see both sides of it and a couple folks made some points about what works in each situation. I understand Chris' take because PDX was absolutely slammed this year, we did as well up in SEA, but not like that. We had some trees come down as well and we're working through it. Looks like they have like minded neighbors who won't fuss too much about brush thatches attracting rodents and complaining about why they don't have a green 1/2" lawn that you aren't allowed to walk on. We inherited a mess here, well we bought it really so I guess we knew what we were getting into. 30 years of no maintenance meant ivy to the sky, downed trees, three or four past ice storms, etc. The first tool I got was a machete and axe followed by a line trimmer followed by a chainsaw. We hugeled EVERYTHING, palisades, rick berms, around every plant (like Chris has in the picture, love it!) and still the pile was as tall as a car and longer than a freight truck. I separated, cedar and locust for building/ landscaping, maple for hugle and firewood, etc.... after a couple of months the burn ban kicked in and that was that for burning, stacked a cord and ran out of room to keep it. ahhh.......then a neighbor, frustrated with the labor of the chipper, sold us their 8 hp. OMG, that was the break through!
Now I have a system, the wood gets separated for cooking, campfire, building, crafts, barter and wood chips. The fruitwood is cut into smoking wood and set aside, same with some cedar, alder and maple for salmon season. The hazelnut is a mix between hurdles, cooking and chipping. I run the branches into the chipper until it can't handle it and then stack it. That stack then becomes, fencing, hugle, or fire wood. The woodchips mulch, cover and smother the ivy or are steamed, bagged and inoculated for mushrooms, some are separated by wood type and bagged for bbq gifts. Like was mentioned I can get chip drop to dump 16 yards of mulch for free and I can take off the chipper bag and use the chipper and broadcast mulch in no time. We've had 30 years of depleted soil and the wood chips have helped immensely with erosion, fungal activity, and moisture rentention during the summer.
Like all things, it's a balance.