New Tools Indicate How Thinning and Fire Affect Forest Water Use and Boost Runoff

Forest-management actions such as mechanical thinning and prescribed burns do not just reduce the risk of severe wildfire and promote forest health — these practices can also contribute to significant increases in downstream water availability.

New research from UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) provides the tools to help estimate and verify those changes.  Read more at:  UC Merced Study Concludes Forest Management Produces Downstream Water Benefits 20-7