Forestry and Vegetation Assistance

 

The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is one of the areas of fastest growth in the American West - and an area that is one of the most expensive and dangerous to fight approaching wildfires. 

 

Naturally occurring wildland fire, though, is an integral part of our fire dependent environment that has many benefits. The WUI expansion intersects with this natural phenomenon with all its risks and responsibilities.

 

We, as rural landowners, are responsible for mitigating the risk to our property and possessions. By possessions I mean the structure you call home and its contents - the things that you pay to insure. Property, on the other hand is the surrounding environment that you own, and are responsible for stewarding.

Protecting your possessions means ACTIVELY managing your Home Ignition Zone. Please see the following: Wildfire Risk to Communities and Community destruction during extreme wildfires is a home ignition problem . Dr. Cohen has spent his career investigating what causes home to burn and his knowledge is FREE to you.

Protecting your property involves a different discussion.  Fire exclusion, climate changes, weed control, and destructive insect spread are among the myriad of variables that are impacting our landscape. If your goal is to provide good stewardship for your property YOU will have to actively manage it. Reach out to the DNRC Service Foresters, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service for unaffiliated advise.

With that in mind, what do I have to offer and what can I do for you? I built and live in the WUI, have fought fire, and still struggle with weed control. I work on my forest when I get the chance. I'm not a forester or a logger in the traditional sense, and am happy to collaborate with either or both.

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Before

This property was logged and graded more than 40 years ago. The current owner have owned it for 30 years. One of them told me that, "She has never even seen this part of there property, let alone walked through it."

From a forest health standpoint, it's overstocked and generally unhealthy. These trees are stressed and are a prime candidate for invasive beetle attack.

From a wildfire point of view it is EXPLOSIVE! 

While it probably would not have resulted in direct flame impingement upon the home, the ember blizzard would have blanketed it, resulting in the lose of the home. It would also have contributed to advancing the fire front and propelling it a cross the river to the east.

During

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SE walked the property with the landowner to determine viewshed priorities, and determined leave trees by species as well as trees of personal significance. 

The Kaiser S2-4 capitalizes on it's over 25 feet of reach, and unparalleled adaptation to terrain,, in conjunction with the Promac LDM40 forest masticator to create a much healthier forest while minimizing impacts.

After!

The end result left the land owner almost speechless! "You've given us acres of usable riverfront!" 

SE actuates on the teachings of Professor Arno ("Mimicing Fire") and others to create a visually appealing AND healthy forests.

Portions of this stand were left more heavily stocked and will be commercially harvested in the next few seasons.

The next project on this property is river bank stabilization - stay tuned!