We all know fires have become a scary part of life in California, but did you know that fire is a natural part of many ecosystems here in our state? Many species of plants germinate with the heat of fire and small, low fires clear out the understory of forests. Incredibly, some pinecones only spread their seeds when fire melts the resin holding them closed and then pine seeds go flying all over!
Unfortunately, drought and fire supression have created conditions that make fire more intense and powerful. More dry trees and vegetation create a lot of tinder. When we conserve water we draw less water from rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, putting less pressure on our forests. This month, we can learn so much about the role of fire and ways to keep our forests healthy...including being WISE with WATER!
As always, find links to great opportunities for students in our More Good Stuff section.