Monday, February 26, 2007

Fire

In the 1930's, about 75 years ago(please remember this figure), a huge fire burned in Oregon's Coast Range. It burned so hot the damage was equal to being "glassed" by atomic bombs. Virgin forest was stripped to the ground, soil sterilized by the heat...

(pic from the Tillamook Forest website)

Oregon decided to rebuild the forest by salvage logging and replanting. 73 million trees were replanted BY HAND. 3 billion seeds were sown by helicopter.

Today it is a diverse, lush, thriving forest. It's not a sterile timber farm. I've found trilliums, various orchids, a Pacific Giant Salamander, heard spotted owls and pileated woodpeckers--all species which depend on old growth forest characteristics.


We've camped here a lot, explored trails and streams. Remembering the wasteland of only 75 years ago makes this place miraculous.
I planned to post this for Good Planets Carnival, but Blogger wouldn't load pix. The theme was Fire, so I thought of this place that was so completely and utterly devastated. But in a very short(in forest years) 75 years, nature, with a boost of replanting, has remade itself. The mosses, lichens, fern, shrubs, herbs, bugs, slugs, amphibians, fungus, were NOT seeded--go take a look for yourself what they've been able to accomplish.


4 comments:

Wanderin' Weeta said...

Hi, Wildthang,

I saw this post, and entered a post on my blog, sending folks over here.

I'll put a note on the last GP post, too.

Great post!

Larry said...

That last photo is just wondrous, Celeste! Thanks for sharing it with us. It's heartening to hear that an ecosystem can recover in such a short period.

wyldthang said...

Hi Weeta--thanks for making a note ;0)

Hi Larry--I do wish the Tillamook would get more exposure, I hope you can visit someday!

Celeste

Wanderin' Weeta said...

Hi, Celeste;

Me again. I just noticed that Pam has picked up your photo from this post and added it to the Good Planets Gallery.

Thought you'd be pleased to know that.