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Forest Hydrologist

Email: g***@***.us
Local Address: Wenatchee, Washington, United States
R6, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, SO

Employment History

  • Post-Fire Rehabilitation Specialist
    Santa Fe National Forest
  • Hydrologist
    Santa Fe National Forest
  • Hydrologist
    Forest Service Agency
  • Forest Hydrologist
14 Total References
Web References
NM: Forest Will Take Decades to Heal - ALC Communications Center, 1 May 2005 [cached]
However, as Greg Kuyumjian, post-fire rehabilitation specialist with the Santa Fe National Forest, likes to point out, "The closer you are, the greener it gets."
But danger still exists, Kuyumjian said, adding that post-fire, there are additional hazards such as falling trees, rolling objects and flash floods.
08.25.02 Threat of mudslides attacked from air, 26 Aug 2002 [cached]
It was most effective in promoting vegetation regrowth, said Greg Kuyumjian, a hydrologist with the Santa Fe National Forest who formerly worked in the White River National Forest office in Glenwood Springs.
Kuyumjian was also sent to help fight the Coal Seam Fire that broke out June 8 and burned some 12,000 acres and destroyed 29 homes.
"We struggled with a quantity versus quality problem" during the Los Alamos hydromulching, Kuyumjian said."Sometimes there would be less put down per drop so we could do more.Where that occurred, it was not that effective" in stopping heavy rains from forming 12- to 20-foot deep gullies on steep slopes burned in that fire.
Kuyumjian also said in areas where trees were more dense, leaves and needles prevented about half of the hydromulch from reaching the ground.
"But I don't think you'll find that would be an issue in areas like Red Mountain," he said, where few trees survived.
What encouraged Kuyumjian about the Los Alamos hydromulching was increased ground cover in the years since the fire.
"With the mulching, we had about 55 percent cover before our summer rains hit, and about 80 percent by the end of the growing season in 2000," he said.
Even on very steep slopes, Kuyumjian said ground cover reached 50 percent by this year. - Workers help nature to heal, 31 July 2002 [cached]
"It doesn't get any better than that," says Greg Kuyumjian, a Forest Service hydrologist and fire rehabilitation expert who oversaw a restoration program of mulching, building erosion barriers, hand-raking and reseeding.
In the middle of another season of explosive fire in the West, the recovery effort that followed the Cerro Grande fire holds important lessons for Westerners wondering what will become of their beloved forests after the flames die out.
About 250 miles to the north, in Colorado's Pike National Forest, a similar campaign is beginning a few weeks after firefighters finally contained the Hayman fire, which blackened nearly 140,000 acres southwest of Denver.
There, the Forest Service has designed its most expensive fire rehabilitation project:$24 million aimed at protecting the South Platte River watershed, which supplies 60% of Denver's water.Combined with huge firefighting costs this year, these expenditures are straining the agency's budget.
"We did everything we could do, and it's not enough," says Kuyumjian, who helped plan the rehabilitation for the Hayman fire."There are certain places you just have to walk away from, and there is a lot of the Hayman fire that looks like this."
Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. Hydrologist ..., 25 June 2013 [cached]
Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. Hydrologist Greg Kuyumjian, 509-664-9330
View Article, 6 July 2003 [cached]
Although the line around the fire area encompasses about 531 acres, the amount burned within that is about 80 percent, says Greg Kuyumjian, forest hydrologist.
Because of the smoke, mapping the actual burned acreage becomes challenging, Kuyumjian says.Exact numbers aren't usually known until later in the fire, he says.
What type of vegetation to plant if any is selected, Kuyumjian says.
Before anything is planted, the soil is measured.The differentiating temperatures can burn vapors that may be sucked into the soil, banding soil particles together so that the soil is literally waterproof, Kuyumjian says.
The water beads up on the soil like wax on a car.Usually the water works its way down two or three centimeters into the ground.When water remains on the soil's surface between 20 to 30 seconds, it is considered very hydrophobic.
Kuyumjian worked the Los Alamos, N.M., fire and said he saw soil that water took between two to three minutes to seep into.Los Alamos redefined the way hydrologists take on the rehab process, he says.
Kuyumjian says he will begin spot checking the soil on Thursday.A full-scale rehab probably won't be necessary, he says.
Some rehab treatments include laying down trees in a stair step fashion to prevent erosion, and replanting.But with the steepness of slopes, Kuyumjian says he's not sure how extensive the rehab will be.
"This place wasn't a safe place to walk before it burned," he says.
The only concern is that ash and debris may travel down to the Glenwood Springs and Colorado Department of Transportation Grizzly Creek rest area aqueduct about six miles south of the fire.
"It's very difficult or nearly impossible to get ash out of water ... and the ash may float that far," Kuyumjian says.
Kuyumjian says he is keeping closely in touch with Glenwood Springs water officials to prevent any water pollution.
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