How We Can Boost Forest Recovery

A lush fall forest in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Gadiel Lazcano.
A lush fall forest in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Gadiel Lazcano.

Recent research by over 50 fire ecologists, studying 10,000 post-wildfire sites, reveals that altering wildfire intensity can significantly aid forest recovery.

As we’re sure you’re aware, the West’s forests, essential for biodiversity and climate control, currently face a lot of stress due to severe wildfires and prolonged droughts.

But there is also a lot of hope—research is being done that shows reliable ways of managing wildfires and boosting forest recovery!

  • Surviving trees are vital for shielding and nurturing new seedlings, which are crucial for regeneration. Certain trees are better equipped to do this than others.
  • Proactive measures like controlled burns and forest thinning can reduce wildfire impact and aid tree recovery.

Research like this helps demonstrate how essential it is to quickly address the challenges posed to Western forests, while also highlighting what we stand to win by improving wildfire management strategies: a whole lotta regeneration!

Dig deeper: Check out this article for more information.

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