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Project ID: 07-2-2-10

Year: 2007

Date Started: 06/04/2007

Date Completed: 11/30/2010

Title: Continued Evaluation of Post-Fire Recovery and Treatment Effectiveness for Validation of the ERMiT Erosion Model (Combined P07-2-2-10 and P07-2-3-06)

Project Proposal Abstract: The use and cost of post-fire emergency stabilization treatments continues to grow. With the support of several JFSP projects, much has been learned about post-fire recovery and treatment effectiveness, and these data have been used to build the Erosion Risk Management Tool (ERMiT), a web-based model that predicts post-fire erosion and mitigation effects. However, recovery and treatment effects beyond three years remain largely undetermined and the ERMiT model has not been scientifically validated. To address these needs, we will continue to measure the effects of stabilization treatments on erosion and runoff for 4-8 post-fire years at 12 existing research sites in the Western U.S. In addition to providing land managers with essential post-fire recovery and long-term treatment information, these new data, combined with previously collected data, will be used in a rigorous validation of the ERMiT model. This combination of two pre-proposal AFP tasks (re-measurement of past study sites and testing of models) maximizes personnel, existing sites, and methodologies for data collection, analysis, and model validation. Our proposed deliverables include: 1) peer-reviewed articles on long-term post-fire recovery and the effects of stabilization treatments and the validation of ERMiT; 2) a report and on-line database synthesizing results of long-term post-fire treatment effectiveness studies; and 3) workshops for BAER personnel and other land managers on the full effects of post-fire stabilization treatments and the use and interpretation of ERMiT output. In addition, a validated ERMiT model will provide greater user confidence and acceptance in the scientific community, and the output will be more defensible in potential litigation

Principal Investigator: Peter R. Robichaud

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

William J. Elliot

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

Federal Cooperator

Peter R. Robichaud

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Moscow

Federal Fiscal Representative

Debra L Jensen

Forest Service

RMRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Fort Collins

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network


Northern Rockies


Southern Rockies








Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("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
view or print   1285 Government Publication Three Years of Hillslope Sediment Yields Following the Valley Complex Fires, Western Montana
    2980 Journal Article Modeling Soil Erosion on Steep Sagebrush Rangeland Before and After Prescribed Fire
    3059 Journal Article Evaluating the Effectiveness of Contour-Felled Log Erosion Barriers as a Post-Fire Runoff and Erosion Mitigation Treatment in the Western United States
    3335 Journal Article Measuring Effectiveness of Three Postfire Hillslope Erosion Barrier Treatments, Western Montana, USA
    448 Invited Paper/Presentation Assessing Post-Fire Erosion Potential With Modeling and Field Measurements
    2306 Invited Paper/Presentation Erosion Risk Management Tool for BAER
    2307 Invited Paper/Presentation New Technologies for Modeling Fire and Disturbed Conditions in Forest and Rangeland
    2308 Invited Paper/Presentation Latest Findings on Effectiveness of Various Postfire Rehabilitation Treatments
    4276 Invited Paper/Presentation BAER Treatment Effectiveness
view or print   6202 Invited Paper/Presentation A Probabliistic Approach to Modeling Postfire Erosion After the 2009 Australian Bushfires
    6204 Invited Paper/Presentation FSWEPP Models
    7056 Invited Paper/Presentation New Tools for Postfire Assessment
    7057 Invited Paper/Presentation Advances in Treatment Effectiveness

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