Erosion after wildfire can be a severe, causing damage to the environment and property, as well as contributing to the desolate look of a burned area. After a fire, storm runoff does not infiltrate normally, resulting in rilling, landslides, flooding and sedimentation. Roads can fail, culverts can plug, and topsoil can be lost. Understanding the science behind this soil loss and applying restoration techniques can prevent roads from failing, support forest regeneration, and reduce soil loss.
At Village Ecosystems we understand fire hydrology and how to use natural materials like brush, straw, and seed to restore the landscape. From an ecological perspective, we work to prevent catastrophic losses of soil that will pollute streams and waterways, and help establish vegetative cover to support the forest restoration process. We identify landslide hazards, prevent drainage system and road failure, and help landowners navigate California permitting requirements.
We have worked with Burned Area Emergency Response (BEAR) protocols and our staff has participated in rainfall simulation studying the most effective techniques. We use simple, natural approaches, such as seed and straw, wattles, and brush structures to slow runoff and jumpstart infiltration.
In areas where streams are affected, we use bioengineering techniques to prevent erosion and restore habitat.