Following the 2005 School Fire that burned about 50,000 acres of forests and grasslands on the Umatilla National Forest, Washington, managers wanted to limit weed spread and soil erosion in severely burned areas. Various mulch treatments (wheat straw, wood strand, and hydromulch) were used to control erosion on steep slopes above the Tucannon River Canyon. Locally-collected native grasses were seeded as part of this post-fire treatment, which at the time was the largest in the nation. Post-fire treatment effects on native plant recovery, weed movements, and erosion control were monitored from 2005 to 2011.
Apr 29, 2015
Peter R. Robichaud, Sarah A. Lewis, Penelope Morgan
Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Post-fire Management
Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland