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Peter R. Robichaud, Penelope Morgan, Leigh B. Lentile, Sarah A. Lewis, Andrew T. Hudak, Deborah S. Page-Dumroese
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Fire Effects
Ecological - First Order
Ecological - Second Order
Fire Regime
Fire Intensity / Burn Severity
Post-fire Management
Post-fire Rehabilitation
Erosion Control
Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland

NRFSN number: 12811
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Following the 2005 School Fire which burned ~ 50,000 acres across forest and grasslands, managers were particularly concerned with treating severely burned areas to mitigate weed spread and to limit soil erosion. Various mulching treatments (wheat straw, wood strand, and hydromulch) were implemented to control erosion on steep slopes above the Tucannon River Canyon. Locallycollected native grasses were seeded successfully, which at the time was the largest such post-fire treatment nationwide, providing a unique opportunity to monitor the effects on native plant recovery, weeds and erosion control. Some sites were salvaged logged. We monitored the effects of these treatments on field sites from 2005 to 2011. 


Robichaud, Peter; Morgan, Penelope; Lentile, Leigh; Lewis, Sarah; Hudak, Andrew; Dumroese, Debbie; Brown, Bob. 2006. Assessing soil and vegetation recovery following the 2005 School Fire, Umatilla National Forest - 10-year update. 2 p.