814 Solutions, LLC specializes in burned area reclamation and rehabilitation. Revegetation of disturbed soil can successfully prevent sediment and pollutants (such as phosphorus and nitrogen) from entering nearby surface waters. The vegetation controls soil erosion by dissipating the erosive forces of raindrops, reducing the velocity of surface runoff, stabilizing soil particles with roots, and contributing organic matter to the soil, which increases soil infiltration rates.
A recommended step in accessing site needs is to be aware of any trees or slopes that may impose a danger to humans or wildlife. Trees that are taken down can be integrated into the site’s BMPs as protective measures, taken off site for disposal, or chipped for use in erosion control logs.
Below are some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) we offer for burned area rehabilitation and stabilization:
-Slope Velocity Dissipation Devices
-Silt Fence, Wattles, Erosion Logs, Check Dams
-Erosion Control Mats and Rolled Erosion Control Products
-Hydraulically Applied Mulches, Polymers, and Tackifiers
-Turf Reinforcement Mat (TRM)
-Shrub, grass, and forb planting
-Tree Sapling Planting
Each site’s specific slopes, ground vegetation, forest canopy, degree of burned area, wildlife concerns, and timelines for revegetation/stabilization will determine the solutions and application methods.
Many times burned areas will provide some materials which can be integrated into the site such as felling burned trees and reuse of the topsoils in areas where revegetation is higher priority. Click here for before photos of the Las Conchas site and here for after photos of the Las Conchas site.