Aerial hydromulching begins |

Aerial hydromulching begins

Aerial hydromulching will start today in the Mitchell Creek and Red Mountain burned areas, according to Eddie Bateson of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Glenwood Springs field office.

A total of 500 acres of burned land is to be mulched this week under the direction of Dan Sokal, rehabilitation project manager.

The process will include four airplanes flying from a base at the Garfield County Airport for seven working days. A total of 11,000 trips will be needed to complete the project, Bateson said. Each plane can cover about 50 acres in a day’s time.

The company under contract for this work will use the 802 Air Tractor. It was involved with one of the country’s largest reseeding projects following the 2000 Los Alamos, N.M., fire.

For information on aerial hydromulching, check this website: profile_fire.html, hosted by Erosion Control magazine.

The hydromulching project is the third part in BLM’s effort to control erosion from lands burned by the Coal Seam Fire.

Phase I involved laying woven hay mats and straw wattles on a steep hillside above Mitchell Creek. Phase II involves spreading straw mulch in SOB Canyon west of Glenwood Springs and is still under way.

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