Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Natural Reforestation After a Forest Fire

I'm pretty sure this area was burned in the fires of 2000.  This patch is in a protected valley near a creek, so it will likely recover faster than more exposed, drier areas.

The fires left some mature trees, seen in the back of the picture below.  The irregular combination of stands of mature trees, stands of saplings and open meadow is the "mosaic" that is often spoken of as the effect of beneficial wildfires.  The mosaic pattern increases biodiversity, strengthens the ecosystem and makes the land less susceptible to a devastating fire in the future.

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