Jun 26, 2011

Fire is this tree's best friend

What are the signs of a healthy slash pine forest?

One is seeing trees of all different sizes.

Pine and prairie mosaic
February 2011
Another is that they are periodically burned.

Pine island
June 2011
Sometimes that means setting prescribed fires.

Other years, drought and lightning do the job on their own.


Ciss B said...

I've heard that before. Interesting how certain trees (lots of them pine) that need a good fire to open their seed cones, or help the growth along.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It's almost antithetical to the human eye, but the ecosystem depends on it. The regular fire regime also clears out the vegetation that over time without fire would crowd them out.