Signs of Life Sprout Up in North Bay’s Burned Natural Landscapes
Feb 6, 2018 at 10:00am
By Tiffany Camhi, The California Report
A rejuvenation of the land brought out about a dozen “fire walk” hikers to open space near the Sonoma Ecology Center recently. This area, known to locals as the Valley of the Moon, burned in the wildfires last fall.
Biologist Caitlin Cornwall leads the hike. She points to a group of madrones, which usually have a shiny red and brown bark. These are charred, with burnt leaves.
But Cornwall reminds the group to look up.
“All of those green leaves are new since the fire,” says Cornwall. “That tree looked dead, and pretty soon it’s going to be hard to tell that these trees burned.”
Farther down the trail, Cornwall finds an oak tree with leaves sprouting from its trunk.
“You just don’t see this normally,” she says. “I’ve been talking about these species for 30 years and I didn’t know they could do this.”
Cornwall has been leading these fire recovery walks since December, but now with spring just around the corner, these charred lands are beginning to explode with color.
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