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Wildfire

Plants for Wildfire Protection & RestorationWallow Fire, site near Nutrioso, Arizona 2011

Catastrophic wildfires ravage extensive areas of the country. Experts warn of more frequent fires as populations expand to the urban-wildlands interface. Impacts from a wildfire go beyond burnt vegetation. The potential for severe soil erosion and accelerated water runoff exists after a wildfire due to the lack of plant material to stabilize the soil. Soil erosion and water runoff can cause severe damage to property and pose safety hazards.

The Plant Materials Program develops plants and techniques for rehabilitation of burned lands and evaluates the ability of plants and landscaping methods to lessen fire damage and protect lives in populated areas.

Additional Resources

Communities and residents can access these educational resources available at:

An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site. FAC - Fire Adapted Communities

 An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.Firewise

 An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.Ready, Set, Go!

 An external link icon that indicates the link will take you to an external web site.Fire Efects Information System (FEIS) database summarizes and synthesizes research about living organisms in the United States—their biology, ecology, and relationship to fire.

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