In a low to moderate severity wildfire, perennial plants usually survive, nutrients are cycled, and vegetation returns quickly, providing competition which helps prevent invasive plant establishment. During slash pile burns the fire is concentrated and localized. The soils are heated to a much greater extent and for longer periods of time. This results in a burned patch where nothing will grow because all of the plants and seeds are killed, the nutrients are burned off, soil microbes are killed, and often there is a residue left over that coats the soil and prevents water from infiltrating into the soil. The scar that is left over is usually devoid of plant life for a few seasons and is a perfect candidate for invasive plant establishment. To help prevent invasive plants from establishing and to promote desirable plants, remediation of the burn scar is an important in the early years after the burn.
|Slash pile burn scar|
The project will start at 9:00am on Saturday April 6 and run until 5:00pm. To register for the project, send an email to Casey Cisneros (firstname.lastname@example.org) and be sure to let him know that you are registering with Trailcology.
This will be a fun project in a beautiful location! If you haven't been to Hermit Park Open Space yet then I highly recommend you come out to see it for yourself and provide a helping hand while you're at it!
|Slash piles and burn scar|
|Even with all of the grass surrounding this scar, nothing|
will grow within it
|There are many more slash piles to burn|