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Keyword: post-fire rehabilitation

Effectiveness of three post-fire rehabilitation treatments in the Colorado Front Range

Publications Posted on: November 07, 2016
Post-fire rehabilitation treatments are commonly implemented after high-severity wildfires, but few data are available about the efficacy of these treatments. This study assessed post-fire erosion rates and the effectiveness of seeding, straw mulching, and contour felling in reducing erosion after a June 2000 wildfire northwest of Loveland, Colorado.

Hayman Fire Science Symposium: Lessons Learned After Ten Years of Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Restoration

Events Posted on: November 09, 2015
Logo for the Hayman Fire Science Symposium. The Hayman Fire started on June 8, 2002, 95 miles southwest of Denver, CO.

Vegetation response to burn severity, native grass seeding, and salvage logging

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
As the size and extent of wildfires has increased in recent decades, so has the cost and extent of post-fire management, including seeding and salvage logging. However, we know little about how burn severity, salvage logging, and post-fire seeding interact to influence vegetation recovery long- term.

A field guide for rapid assessment of post-wildfire recovery potential in sagebrush and pinon-juniper ecosystems in the Great Basin: Evaluating resilience to disturbance and resistance to invasive annual grasses and predicting vegetation response

Publications Posted on: August 14, 2015
This field guide provides a framework for rapidly evaluating post-fire resilience to disturbance, or recovery potential, and resistance to invasive annual grasses, and for determining the need and suitability of the burned area for seeding.

Vegetation response after post-fire mulching and native grass seeding

Publications Posted on: July 08, 2015
Post-fire mulch and seeding treatments, often applied on steep, severely burned slopes immediately after large wildfires, are meant to reduce the potential of erosion and establishment of invasive plants, especially non-native plants, that could threaten values at risk. However, the effects of these treatments on native vegetation response post fire are little studied, especially beyond one to two years.

Post-fire mulching for runoff and erosion mitigation; Part I: Effectiveness at reducing hillslope erosion rates

Publications Posted on: April 29, 2013
Mulch treatments often are used to mitigate post-fire increases in runoff and erosion rates but the comparative effectiveness of various mulches is not well established. The ability of mulch treatments to reduce sediment yields from natural rainfall and resulting overland flow was measured using hillslope plots on areas burned at high severity following four wildfires in the western United States.

Field guide for mapping post-fire soil burn severity

Publications Posted on: September 15, 2010
Following wildfires in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Interior mobilize Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams to assess immediate post-fire watershed conditions. BAER teams must determine threats from flooding, soil erosion, and instability. Developing a postfire soil burn severity map is an important first step in the rapid assessment process.

Impacts of erosion control treatments on native vegetation recovery after severe wildfire in the Eastern Cascades, USA

Publications Posted on: September 09, 2010
Slope stabilization treatments like mulching and seeding are used to increase soil cover and reduce runoff and erosion following severe wildfires, but may also retard native vegetation recovery. We evaluated the effects of seeding and fertilization on the cover and richness of native and exotic plants and on individual plant species following the 2004 Pot Peak wildfire in Washington State, USA.