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Comparing erosion risks from forest operations to wildfire

Author(s): William J. Elliot, Peter R. Robichaud
Year Published: 2001

Wildfire and forest operations remove vegetation and disturb forest soils. Both of these effects can lead to an increased risk of soil erosion. Operations to reduce forest fuel loads, however, may reduce the risk of wildfire. This paper presents research and modeling results which show that under many conditions, carefully planned operations with adequate buffers, results in lower long-term erosion rates than experienced following wildfire, which is inevitable if fuel loads are not reduced. The effects of reducing fire-induced flood flows on forest stream systems, however, are unknown.

Citation: Elliot, William J.; Robichaud, Peter R. 2001. Comparing erosion risks from forest operations to wildfire. In: Schiess, Peter; Krogstad, Finn, eds. 2001 - a forest engineering odyssey, symposium proceedings; Seattle, WA, College of Forest Ressources, University of Washington. p. 78-89.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Soils, Water
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 8435
FRAMES RCS number: 2283
Record updated: Nov 16, 2017