It’s always interesting to me to see how quickly nature responds to fire scars. Where once there appeared to be, quite literally, “scorched earth,” plants begin to return the ecosystem to something more like “normal,” if that is a concept that even applies. In reality, fire is a part of “normal” as we seem to finally be discovering in this desert state of ours.
So I was happy to see that the fire scar on the Montini Preserve, about five acres, was already beginning to rebound with life (see picture). It’s possible that the tiny bit of rain that we received recently inspired some plants to send out new shoots. Whether that was the impetus or not is kind of beside the point, as whatever the reason it’s just nice to see the plants coming back.
As we endure bigger and worse fires due to the impacts of global warming, it wouldn’t hurt to remind ourselves that as much as we may be devastated by seeing our beautiful forests burned, there is still hope and renewal to be found.
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Honoring, Roy Tennant of the Sonoma Overlook Stewards, a 2021 STAR volunteer of the Valley. “For over 10 years, Roy Tennant has spent thousands of hours fervently attending the overlook Trail, did Montini open space preserve, and Sugarloaf Ridge regional Park.” Somoma Index Tribune 10/15/ 2021. Congratulations Roy well deserved