Erosion Control Materials
WoodStraw® was developed by Forest Concepts to address soil risk during and after grading operations, road-building, wildfires, and other land-altering events. A range of materials are commercially available to reduce the erosive effects of wind and/or rainfall, including agricultural straw, hydraulic mulches, and rolled erosion blankets. Each of the conventional materials have limitations sufficient enough that federal agencies supported Forest Concepts, beginning in 2002, to develop a new erosion control material that would be long-lasting, wind resistant, naturally weed-free, and could be transported and applied using conventional hay and straw methods. Three years of research and development resulted in a wood-strand material that is optimized for technical performance and ease of application. More than 15,000 tons of the wood-strand material has been used on a range of road, post-wildfire, watershed protection, streambank and other uses across federal, state, and private lands in the western United States.
Forest Concepts' FlowCheck™ hillslope erosion control structure was developed to make it easier to accomplish erosion control on burned-over lands, graded slopes and other disturbed areas. The scientific basis for sediment storage behind wood hillslope structures was developed by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. Forest Concepts, LLC combined the best available science with disciplined design according to the Appreciative Design methodology. The resulting structures are technically sound, while providing an important use for underutilized small diameter timber. Utilization of smallwood from forest thinning, fuel reduction programs and forest management provides revenues to landowners and new jobs in rural areas.