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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.

USDA Offers Wildfire Recovery Assistance

USDA is here to help you prepare, recover, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.  Visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover for more information and to get started.

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service helps agricultural producers and communities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land after disasters, including wildfires.  For more information on these programs, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/programs/?cid=nrcseprd1361073 or contact your local NRCS office.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following wildfires or other qualifying natural disasters.  For more information on these programs, visit https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/ or contact your local FSA office.

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.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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