Wildfire Preparedness and Safety Projects
– Forest Restoration and Post-fire Rehabilitation
Peak Sci has worked on a variety of projects aimed at reducing the risk of wildfire and on retoring forests after devastating wildfire. The goal of wildfire preparedness is to reduce the risk of severe wildfires and better protect people, property, and the environment from their destructive effects. The projects we’ve worked on to reduce wildfire risk include reducing forest fuels, treating invasive weeds, and building temporary roads to access timber. Following wildfire, we’ve working on projects to identify and remove hazard trees; repair roads, trails, and brigdges; reduce soil erosion; and replant native species.
The projects listed below include forest rehabilitation after a 200,000-acre wildfire; projects that addressed the need to treat within the wildland-urban interface (WUI) to reduce the risk of wildfire to private property, forest intrastructure, wildlife habitat, visuals, and water and air quality; and integrated restoration projects that addressed species composition, reduced canopy cover, reduced tree density, improved watershed conditions, and reduced the risk of uncharactersitic wildfire.
Clear Creek Vegetation Environmental Impact Statement
Boise Basin Experimental Forest Environmental Assessment
Scriver Integrated Restoration Project Environmental Impact Statement
Many forests in the West are dry coniferous forests that historically experienced fires every 3 to 19 years with an average fire-return interval of 8 years, which helped maintain their overall fire resilience.
However, as with many areas across the West, successful fire exclusion has resulted in fire exclusion for up to 100 years, resulting in accumulations of uncharacteristically high fuel loads and tree densities. Of the fires that have burned within the last 20 years, many were high intensity and resulted in high tree mortality and fire effects
outside what occurred from historical low-intensity surface fires.
These uncharacteristic fires, combined with an increase in recreation, mining, and livestock grazing, have left these areas departed from historic conditions.