Fuels Management

IRM offers a complete fuels management solution.  Our services include fuels and forest inventory, analysis of current fuels in relation to fire risk and desired ecosystem function and development of fuel reduction prescriptions.  The method of fuel reduction incorporates multiple-resource concerns, while maximizing cost efficiency.

Services:

  • Fuels Assessment
  • Mechanical Fuels Reduction using the LightfootTM
  • Restoration Practices for treated areas

IRM has a suite of options available for on-the-ground implementation of fuels reduction plans including hand crews, and/or use of our LightfootTM machine.  Please visit our LightfootTM page to learn more about our fuels reduction brush mowing, piling, and shearing services.

Forest types throughout the inland western United States have undergone major structural and compositional changes as a result of fire suppression, logging and domestic grazing.  On many sites, desired conditions cannot be achieved without active management.

IRM's Lightfoot masticating over stocked pine seedlings.

IRM’s Lightfoot masticating over stocked pine seedlings.

Trees marked for removal according to fuels management plan.

Trees marked for removal according to fuels management plan.

A well-designed forest restoration strategy allows land managers to achieve important objectives such increasing habitat for rare and declining species, protecting water resources and maintaining viewsheds.

Excessive forest fuels (live and dead vegetation biomass) represents one of the greatest threats to forests in the inland west.

Science-based fuels reduction builds resiliency of plant communities to disturbance processes (fire, insects/disease), and is an initial step towards restoring forest structure to highly desired conditions maintained by fire regimes prior to white settlement.

Please visit our Projects: Fuels Management page for examples of related projects completed by IRM.

Ponderosa pine stand after fuels reduction thinning.

Ponderosa pine stand after fuels reduction thinning.