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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.

Reducing post-fire hillslope erosion

Documents and Media Posted on: January 23, 2015
Post-fire erosion can be a major issue when trying to protect downstream values at risk. Mulch treatments (agricultural straw, woods strands, wood shreds, and hydromulch) are frequently recommended as a technique used to mitigate post-fire increases in runoff and erosion rates. However, the comparative effectiveness of the various mulch treatments is not well established. Key Points:Document Type: Briefing Papers

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.