Sept. 17, 2012 04:08

From the Publisher

We’ve all been hearing and reading about the wildfires that tore through Colorado and Oklahoma. Although I knew there were other fires burning, I didn’t know how many. So I went to the National Interagency Fire Center website and looked up wildfires. Talk about an eye opener!

During the month of July there were almost 10,000 fires raging around the country. Imagine ten thousand fires in July alone. More than 204 million acres were burned. Although some fires are small and don’t make the headlines, others are fairly large and take enormous resources.

Wildfires are not limited to certain parts of the country. Fires burned in Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma, Missouri, California, Utah, Wyoming, Florida, across the Southern Plains and the Mid-South, just to mention a few states.

Being in the erosion control business, our concerns are those after the burn—how do we take care of the scorched earth?

We know that if we don’t address the problem, when the rainy season approaches, water will run down the denuded areas, and that creates another problem—sediment control, possibly even landslides. To control the sediment, it is most urgent to get in as quickly as possible and reseed the denuded areas.

We have to be in touch with the agencies responsible for handling these situations, submit a bid on the project and hope they have funds to cover the costs. Many times, these state or county agencies don’t have any money left in their contingency funds, and sometimes it may take months to get approval to do the job.

If you think about the number of fires that occur each year, there is a fair amount of business that could be generated. However, it does take some expertise to work with government agencies. So, if you’re looking for an opportunity to get into this end of the business, now may be a good time to learn how to maneuver through the maze.

Also in From the Publisher

In many ways, we are fortunate that, in our chosen profession, we are able to help people when certain disasters occur: the tornadoes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, the flooding in Louisiana, the snows in the northeastern part of the country, the rain in California, and the snow in Colorado....

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