Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 30, 2021

How wildfire restored a Yosemite watershed

from UC Berkeley

For nearly half a century, lightning-sparked blazes in Yosemite’s Illilouette Creek Basin have rippled across the landscape — closely monitored, but largely unchecked.

Their flames might explode into plumes of heat that burn whole hillsides at once, or sit smoldering in the underbrush for months.The result is approximately 60 square miles of forest that look remarkably different from other parts of the Sierra Nevada: Instead of dense, wall-to-wall tree cover — the outcome of more than a century of fire suppression — the landscape is broken up by patches of grassland, shrubland and wet meadows filled with wildflowers more abundant than in other parts of the forest. These gaps in the canopy are often punctuated by the blackened husks of burned trunks or the fresh green of young pines.

Read more at : How wildfire restored a Yosemite watershed | Berkeley News

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