Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to complete the forestry work myself?
LCD will plan, arrange, and manage all logging operations on your behalf. You don't need to lift a single saw.
What if I do NOT qualify for EQIP funding?
Fortunately, you still have options. With landowner input (cash match), LCD can apply for grants on your behalf to cover up to 50% of costs. We can perform site visits to provide technical advice, consultations, and tree marking labor at an hourly rate. We also have relationships with many qualified logging contractors to take on your project and we are happy to make recommendations.
What is EQIP?
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary, conservation program administered by NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address natural resource concerns.
What is the minimum property size for LCD forestry projects?
The ideal project size for LCD is 35 acres or more with a slope that allows it to be operable by machine. In some areas, we are able to combine individual properties to meet the threshold of a treatable area.
What treatments are recommended to help reduce erosion and runoff?
Mulching is one of best treatment options available to help limit the amount of soil erosion and runoff after a fire. If your land is relatively steep (a grade of 20-60%) and was moderately or severely burned by the fire
with a high amount of ground cover consumed, then it will likely be beneficial to apply mulch to your land.
Will EQIP funding retroactively reimburse me for work already completed?
Unfortunately, not. Please contact us to see if you qualify.
Will LCD create a defensible space around my home?
Our primary goal is to address the resource concerns of the ecosystem. The work we do will create, in effect, a more fire-resistant space, however, our program does not cover defensible space projects. The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) develops education materials and programs to assist homeowners, landowners and communities in taking action to reduce their wildfire risk. For more information please visit: https://csfs.colostate.edu/wildfire-mitigation/
Will LCD provide funding to cut down dead trees on my property?
Our programs are aimed at restoring overall forest health because health forests are more resistant to wildfires. This often includes removing dead trees in addition to living trees, but LCD does not currently have any cost share programs with the sole purpose of removing dead trees.
Could runoff from burned slopes impact my private road or driveway?
Yes. In many locations throughout burned areas, private unpaved roads and driveways are impacted by erosion or deposition of sediment or debris. Damage may be to the road surface, roadside ditches,cross drainage features, etc.
Do I need to reseed after a fire?
Probably not. Lessons learned from past Front Range fires show that native vegetation is very well adapted to fire and will begin re-growth in the spring. If the soils are hydrophobic, as is the case after some high-intensity fires, a sterile grass can be used to re-establish the topsoil.
How do I know if a burned tree is alive or dead?
Not all burned trees are dead nor will all burned trees die. Ponderosa pines, for example, are a fire-adapted species. If a tree is burned but has at least 50% of its needles, we recommend you leave it standing because it just may recover. When a tree is black and void of all or most of its needles, it's probably dead.
What are hydrophobic soils?
In severe fires, the combustion of vegetative materials creates a gas that penetrates the soil profile. As the soil cools, this gas condenses and forms a waxy coating. This causes the soil to repel water – a phenomena called hydrophobicity. This hydrophobic condition increases the rate of water runoff. Percolation of water into the soil profile is reduced, making it difficult for seeds to germinate and for the roots of surviving plants to obtain moisture. For more information visit: https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/agriculture/soil-erosion-control-after-wildfire-6-308/