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    Water yield and sediment production almost always increase after wildfire has destroyed vegetative cover. The value of water generally is not as much appreciated in the water-rich northern Rocky Mountains as it is elsewhere. Increased water yield becomes economically beneficial, however, when its potential for consumptive and nonconsumptive uses is realized. Whether the effects of increased sedimentation are aesthetic, biological, physical, or economic, they are usually detrimental.

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    Potts, Donald F.; Peterson, David L.; Zurring, Hans R. 1985. Watershed modeling for fire management planning in the northern Rocky Mountains. Res. Pap. PSW-RP-177. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 16 p.


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