Fire is not always a bad thing

In an article titled Armstrong Redwoods could reopen by Memorial Day, the Press Democrat talked to Brendan O'Neil, the senior environmental scientist with the California State Parks’ Sonoma Mendocino Coast District.

The 2020 wildfires caused widespread damage throughout Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area, but some there are some signs of recovery, good news for visitors to Sonoma county and residents alike. We know that, come late summer, wildfires are likely to threaten us again. But there is a way to mitigate that threat:

"O’Neil is one of a growing number of experts who believe it will be necessary to take steps like prescribed burns and try to manage public lands so they’re more in alignment with the natural systems that have operated here for millenniums. That’s a long-term goal, one that will require evaluating priorities and committing resources. But with 100 years of dry tinder sitting near homes and communities and an increasingly drier, hotter climate, it may be increasingly important for public safety." Press Democrat, March 12, 2021

Prescribed burns, used for centuries by native people to keep forests healthy, top the list of methods fire scientists and others use to manage vegetation.

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