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Estimating Erosion Impacts from Implementing the National Fire Plan

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  025011,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.10541) @2002
Authors:   William J. Elliot, Ina Sue Miller
Keywords:   Soil Erosion, WEPP, Forest Fires, Rangelands, Fuel Management

The WEPP model was used to compare erosion rates from fuel management operations, including roads, to erosion following wildfire, the inevitable disturbance in the absence of fuel management, for climates across the western U.S. The results show that erosion from fuel management operations, including thinning and prescribed fire, are less than from wildfire, even when road erosion rates are included.

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