Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Using Prescribed Fire as the First Treatment Instead of Mechanical Entries

The Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP) continues to be one of the most successful collaborative efforts towards landscape resiliency, fire adapted communities and safe, effective wildland fire response - implementing the Cohesive Strategy on the ground.  

In this short video Will Harling and Bill Tripp explain the problematic paradigm of the last few decades and how they are approaching the need for treatment with prescribed fire as an initial tool instead of treating with mechanical efforts first. 

The West Simms unit was burned as part of the Klamath River TREX project in the fall of 2015.  What is unique about this project is that prescribed fire was used as an initial treatment rather than waiting for a full mechanical entry first.  The landscape is home to valuable native traditional food sources as well as private timberlands and oak woodlands. 

The result?  The WKRP is setting the example, utilizing features like trails, roads and ridges to compartmentalize burn units, and implementing prescribed fire as an initial treatment. Through this approach, they are able to accomplish more acres than through mechanical efforts.  They have shown these treatments to be effective in reducing fuel loads, protecting wildlife and fish habitat and restoring native traditional food sources, even with the onset of new fires nearby.  

Take a look at the video by clicking on the image above.  

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