Life Abounds in the Rim Fire
A group of our colleagues recently visited the area burned last year by the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest. This was the largest wildfire in recent years, but as always, the forest is quickly rebounding back to life. Despite being a very dry winter, and despite the apocalyptic descriptions of the Rim Fire in the media, post-fire regeneration is already apparent. Wildflowers and wildlife abound, and new tree seedlings are already emerging. Even many trees that looked dead last year are flushing with new green growth. This is some of the very best habitat for many rare fire-dependent plants and animals. Salvage logging and so-called "restoration" will utterly destroy this ecological treasure trove.
5/7/2014 06:33:52 am
Great photos and important perspective
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