Wildfire Restoration Handbook

This handbook is a collaboration of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute.

by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Coalition for the Upper South Platte

This field guide was created after extensive fire restoration implementation and monitoring throughout the state of Colorado. The techniques described have been tested and found successful in burn scars including those resulting from the 2002 Hayman Fire and the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. This handbook is not intended to be an exhaustive guide to fire restoration techniques, but rather a resource for implementing the most common techniques.

Attached document published April 2015

About the Authors


Since 1984, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. VOC works with conservation and land agencies and relies on thousands of people annually to provide a volunteer workforce for outdoor stewardship projects. These projects take place across Colorado – from city parks and open spaces, to grasslands and foothills, to alpine meadows and peaks.


An organization of stewards and guardians, passionate about caring for the public land we all love and engaging our community to protect it.


THE COALITION FOR THE UPPER SOUTH PLATTE (CUSP) PROTECTS THE WATER QUALITY AND ECOLOGICAL HEALTH OF THE UPPER SOUTH PLATTE WATERSHED, THROUGH THE COOPERATIVE EFFORTS OF WATERSHED STAKEHOLDERS, WITH EMPHASIS PLACED ON COMMUNITY VALUES AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY.

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