Prescribed burn to remove cheatgrass in Izzenhood, Nevada. (Credit: Bureau of Land Management. Public domain.)
Prescribed burn to remove cheatgrass in Izzenhood, Nev.

N&H TOPLINE: Wildfire, invasive species alter land management in West

Water supplies and quality may be affected by increased soil erosion.

A growing number of areas burned by wildfires throughout the western U.S. are expected to increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, causing more sediment to be present in downstream rivers and reservoirs, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

As a number of previous peer-reviewed studies have shown, the area burned annually by wildfires has increased in recent decades and is ex

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