Post-fire prey pulses account for high wildlife abundances and diversity in burned tree habitats. Birds such as black-backed woodpeckers and mountain bluebirds (pictured) particularly benefit from an explosion of insect numbers. Photo: Craters of the Moon NPS, D.E. Owen.
Log It or Leave It – Post-fire Debate over Burned Trees
Bay Nature, October 2013
As California’s fire season comes to a close, the fires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres in Yosemite and three thousand acres on Mount Diablo have left a landscape of burned trees, logs and soil. What to do next with that land, particularly in Yosemite, is a complicated decision, and politicians, land use managers, and ecologists have widely divergent goals.