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Project ID: 03-2-3-22

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/29/2003

Date Completed: 07/30/2007

Title: Post-Fire Erosion and the Effectiveness of Emergency Rehabilitation Treatments Over Time

Project Proposal Abstract: Millions of dollars are being spent on emergency rehabilitation efforts after wildfires, but we still have very limited information on the effectiveness of these techniques. The proposed project will evaluate the effectiveness of four techniques applied on the June 2000 Hayman fire mulching, hydromuiching, seeding and scarification, and the application of a polyacylamide soil binding agent. Sediment production will be monitored at the hillslope scale from 18 pairs of swales, allowing 4-6 replicates of each treatment. Given the uncertainty and variability of natural rainfall events, we also will use a rainfall simulator to apply standardized rainfalls on 1 m2 plots. Runoff and erosion rates will be related to measured site characteristics in order to better understand the underlying processes. The field data will be used to populate, test, and modify erosion prediction models. These models are urgently needed to quantify post-fire erosion risks and the effectiveness of post-fire emergency rehabilitation treatments in the Rocky Mountain region.

Principal Investigator: Peter R. Robichaud

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Lee H. MacDonald

Colorado State University

Department of Forest, Rangeland & Watershed Stewardship

Peter R. Robichaud

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow


Project Locations

Consortium

Southern Rockies


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Project Deliverables

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("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
  go to website 1119 Government Publication Soil Properties, Erosion, and Implications for Rehabilitation and Aquatic Ecosystems
  go to website 2606 Journal Article Effectiveness of Three Post-Fire Rehabilitation Treatments in the Colorado Front Range
    192 MS Thesis Controls on Post-Fire Erosion at the Hillslope Scale, Colorado Front Range (J.H. Pietraszek)
    963 Conference/Symposia/Workshop presentations
  go to website 3626 Invited Paper/Presentation Forest Fires and Soil Erosion
  go to website 3627 Invited Paper/Presentation Effects of Forest Thinning and Roads vs. Fires in the Colorado Ponderosa Pine Zone
    3628 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Post-Fire Channel Change in Small Mountainous Catchments
    3629 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Predicting Variability in Post-Fire Sediment Yields: Efforts to Validate ERMiT in the Colorado Front Range

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