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Reducing post-fire hillslope erosion with wood shreds

Posted date: January 23, 2015
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Authors: Robichaud, Pete R.;
Document type: Briefing Papers


Wood shreds and other mulch treatments (agricultural straw, woods strands, and hydromulch) are frequently recommended as a technique used to stabilize hillslopes by providing immediate ground cover and to mitigate post-fire increases in runoff and erosion rates.

Key Points:

  • Post-fire mulch treatments provide ground cover on hillslopes where erosion mitigation is needed.
  • Laboratory and field studies have shown that wood shred mulch can be an effective post-fire hillslope treatment.
  • Wood shreds have been successfully produced from burned and green trees.
  • The effectiveness of postfire mulch applications should be monitored and assessed to determine uniformity of ground cover spread and the percent ground cover achieved.


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Robichaud, Pete R. ; Ashmun, Louise E. ; Foltz, Randy B. ; Showers, Charles G. ; Groenier, J. Scott ; Kesler, Jennifer ; DeLeo, Claire ; Moore, Mary , 2013