After a wildfire is contained and controlled, among the first concerns for landowners and managers is the direct or immediate effects of the fire, such as tree mortality and soil exposure. Monitoring is a simple and effective tool that can provide baseline information (i.e., post-fire assessment) as well as shaping short-, medium-, and long-term responses in terms of vegetation recovery and the effects of post-fire response.

This guide provides methods for monitoring changes in soil and vegetation after a wildfire occurs.