Location: Northwest Watershed Research CenterTitle: Assessing impacts of fire and post-fire mitigation on runoff and erosion from rangelands
Submitted to: Forest Service General Technical Reports
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/10/2015
Publication Date: 11/10/2015
Citation: Pierson, F.B., Williams, C.J., and Robichaud, P.R. 2015. Assessing impacts of fire and post-fire mitigation on runoff and erosion from rangelands. Great Basin Factsheet Series, Number 11. Published jointly by the Joint Fire Science Program, Great Basin Fire Science Exchange, Great Basin Research and Management Partnership, Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and the Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project. 6 p.
Technical Abstract: Wildfires are a natural component of rangeland ecosystems, but fires can pose hydrologic hazards for ecological resources, infrastructure, property, and human life. There has been considerable research conducted on the effects of fire on hydrologic processes and erosion on shrublands and woodlands. In recent years, there have also been a number of treatments and tools developed to mitigate and predict post-fire runoff and erosion responses. This document summarizes the fundamental impacts of fire on rangeland runoff and erosion, post-fire hydrologic recovery, and the treatments and tools for the mitigation and assessment of post-fire runoff and erosion. The document provides a useful reference for understanding and evaluating ecohydrologic impacts of fire on rangeland ecosystems.