High Park Fire Mulch Inspections

  • Client: AloTerra Restoration Services, Larimer County, CO
  • Date: Jun 2014 to Jul 2014
  • Info: Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting performed mulch inspections within the High Park Fire burn area. Working in collaboration with the City of Greeley, City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, and Alo terra Restoration Services, BMEC team members were flown in to remote burn sites to identify areas to be treated with mulch as well as inspect units already treated with mulch.

The High Park Fire burned 87,284 acres in Larimer County and is currently the 3rd-largest fire in Colorado history. Data from random transects were collected in each mulching unit within four different small watersheds adjacent to Old Flowers Road. On each transect a score of 70% was needed in order to achieve a passing grade.

If 70% was not achieved, either another transect was performed or aerial spot drops of mulch were scheduled within the unit and the transect was randomly repeated. These protocols were repeated until all mulching units achieved a passing grade. In total, close to 300 acres were treated with mulch, greatly reducing erosion and sediment deposition in moderately to severely burned areas within the watershed. All data, including GPS points, were recorded utilizing iPads; the data was then provided to JW Associates.

This project was led by the NRCS with funding from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

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