Erosion and Sediment Control

Keynote Presentation

Post-Wildfire Remediation on Federal Lands

Monday, February 12
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

PDH: 1

Location: Grand Ballroom

The wildfires of 2017 were monumental in their expanse, severity and cost to suppress- and the damage doesn't always end when the fire is put out. Loss of vegetation and fire-induced water repellent soils can trigger increased runoff which causes erosion, flooding or debris flows many miles downstream of the fire. This presentation will provide an overview of the effects of wildfires on natural resources and describe the post-fire emergency response (BAER) program implemented by the Forest Service and other federal land management agencies. Typical emergency response actions and treatment examples will be described along with examples of longer-term post fire remediation needs and costs.

Penny Luehring

Burned Area Emergency Response Program Leader
USDA, Forest Service

Penny Luehring is the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Program Leader for the USDA, Forest Service. She has worked for the Forest Service since 1977 as a soil scientist and watershed specialist in Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona. She has been in her current position since 2010, starting just in time to experience several record-breaking fire years. Although she is a headquarters employee, Penny's desk is conveniently located well outside the Beltway in Albuquerque, NM.

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