Maximizing our use of fire and other forest management techniques is the most efficient and effective way to increase the pace and scale of treatments needed to tackle the challenge of making our forests healthy and resilient.
Prescribed fire is a planned fire; it is also sometimes called a “controlled burn” or “prescribed burn,” and is used to meet land management goals.
Benefits of prescribed fire:
“Prescribed fire is an important element of restoration in Colorado’s Front Range because burning influences nutrient cycling and cues germination or resprouting of some fire-adapted understory plant species. Without this burning, needle litter and wood builds up on the forest floor, creating high levels of surface fuels.” (USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2018)
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Hand thinning is primarily undertaken to remove small diameter trees (sometimes called ladder fuels) from stands that are too dense.
Benefits of hand thinning:
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Mechanical thinning of forests involves using heavy forestry equipment to greatly reduce tree densities across all size classes, and increase the size and frequency of forest openings.
Benefits of mechanical thinning:
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Mastication is a technique where a machine is brought into the forest that can chew up small trees and ground fuels, spitting out 3″-18″ chunks or strips of wood and spreading them over the forest floor.
Benefits of mastication:
Piles of woody debris (slash) are burned in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels. These piles are made from slash left after mechanical thinning or hand thinning.
Benefits of pile burning:
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