Wildfires in the western United States and Florida over the last several years have highlighted the vulnerability of dense overstocked stands to fire. As a result, landowners, land managers, and researchers alike are interest ed in methods to reduce hazardous fuels in forest stands. Mechanical reduction of under-story and mid-story fuels by mulching or chipping is an option for reducing stand density to allow the reintroduction of prescribed fire into forest stands.
Thompson, Jason D. 2002. Mulching machines for pre-commercial thinning and fuel reduction. Alabama s Treasured Forests. 21(2): 22-23.