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Groenier, James Scott; Showers, Charles . 2004. Shredding Small Trees To Create Mulch for Erosion Control. 0471 2335. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center. 6 p.

Describes the use of shredded wood as mulch for erosion control. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service clears trees from road rights-of-way. These small trees (6 inches in diameter and smaller) represent a fire hazard and must be chipped or burned. Shredding the trees and spraying the shredded material on adjacent roadsides might provide a good use for the trees. Wood shredded onsite and used for erosion control wouldn't introduce noxious weeds from other areas as could hay or straw used for erosion control. Hay and straw used for such purposes must be certified as free of weeds. Even then, the hay or straw might introduce weeds. The tech tip briefly discusses three shredding machines and describes a successful project on the Clearwater National Forest in which small trees piled along the Granite Pass Road were shredded and sprayed as a mulch along the roadside.

Keywords: BAER, biomass, burned area emergency response, collection, handling, rain damage, soil conservation, use, utilization


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