Wildfire Prevention and Restoration– Land Management

Wildfire Prevention and Restoration

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Western United States

Fire Prevention With Herbicides

The damage that wildfires have caused in recent years make it very clear that a well-planned and balanced approach is needed that focuses on prevention and restoration. Proper planning, along with the knowledge and tools below can provide will assist all stakeholders in managing our habitats, forests and grasslands.

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Wildfire Prevention

What steps can and should be taken to help prevent out of control wildfires? We know these prevention measures alone will not stop a megafire but will buy you the critical minutes to escape or defend a structure and will alter the fire behavior.


This is a process where the landowner or manager can physically remove less desirable trees to establish a stem density that is sustainable.


Properly managed forests and brush areas include timely mechanical thinning as well as selective tree and brush control. The goal is to ensure that when fires inevitably move through the area, the height of the fire is maintained in such a manner as to avoid 100% denuding of the forest.

Prescribed Burns

Properly planned and executed, prescribed burns are an effective, economical, and sustainable way to keep forests healthy and reduce ladder fuel density thus reducing crown fire threats.

Fuel Breaks

When constructed correctly with biomass thinning and proper tree spacing, a shaded fuel break can take an uncontrolled crown fire with 200-foot flame lengths and bring it down to the ground for a more manageable problem. It is important that these selective herbicides control the desired species, while leaving species that are desired in the ecosystem. Selective foliar herbicide treatments are key in this initiative.

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Annual Grasses and Fire

Weeds can invade all of our valuable areas that we enjoy for grazing, wildlife, and recreation. It is not enough to take out a noxious and invasive species. While invasive grasses and broadleaves can reduce recreation and wildlife, they can also greatly increase fire risk.

Wildfire Restoration

In the near term, restoring your range gives you increased forage in the year of application, promotes species diversity, decreases the risk of fire, and improves late season control of tough to handle broadleaf weeds.

In the long term, it also provides greater grazing efficiency, less encroachment by invasive species and provides a more productive range for generations to come.

Site prep

Prior to planting tree seedlings, it is important to create an environment free from competition.

Conifer release

Once conifers are planted, rapid establishment and growth is dependent on adequate moisture and sunshine. Competing species such as brush and herbaceous plants like false Dandelion, Kudzu, Woodland Groundsel and Ceanothus species can greatly reduce the amount of water, nutrients, and sunshine available to conifer seedlings. This can reduce establishment by up to 70%.

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