Forestry & Wildfire Mitigation

At Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting, we have extensive experience with forest management and wildfire mitigation within the wildland urban interface.  In former projects we have worked with residential landowners to develop State-approved Forest Agricultural Plans that qualify landowners for a tax credit, developed stewardship plans for reservoir watersheds to mitigate the threat of wildfire and created comprehensive planning documents for gated communities to both restore forest health and mitigate wildfire while developing a consensus among residents to resolve conflict.

Forests prone to wildfire and disease.
This stand’s visualization system graphic illustrates a ponderosa pine forest which requires thinning to prevent catastrophic wildfire.

Forests in many parts of the Rocky Mountain west have undergone significant changes since the late 1800s.  Forest density has increased leaving many areas prone to catastrophic wildfire as well as insect and disease outbreaks such as the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic.  Increasingly, people have become dependent upon maintaining existing conditions within a dynamic forest system that was historically regulated by natural forces.  Development within the wildland urban interface leaves residential property vulnerable to catastrophic wildfire which can also impair municipal water supply systems, threaten utilities and infrastructure and diminish property values.

Forests with proper stand density.
A 20% reduction in forest density (as illustrated above) approximates historical conditions.

We are happy to leverage our extensive forestry experience in any of the following areas:

  • Defensible Space Marking and Consultation
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Noxious Weeds
  • Revegetation
  • Forest Restoration
  • Forest Agricultural Plans
  • Forest Stewardship Plans
  • Forest insect and disease consultation