Post Fire Restoration
In the context of fire, low tech, process based restoration techniques can be an effective tool to capture sediment moving through degraded watersheds. Burnt landscapes are prone to excessive soil run off due to hydrophobic soils and loss of organic matter. Beaver dam analogs and post assisted log structures effectively slowing down the water, allowing these sediments to be captured. Despite the devastation of fire on the landscape, this opportunity to capture sediment allows us to quickly reconnect flood planes in incised channels.
When implemented prior to a fire, restored systems are less likely to experience catastrophic burning within the riparian area, providing refugia for plants and wildlife.
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