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Are Fires Actually Good For Forests?

California’s megadrought is making the region prone to forest fires. Can these fires actually help the ecosystem?

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Fuel Removal And Prescribed Burns Reduce Wildfire Severity But May Invite Invasives
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090319121552.htm
“Scientists compared the effectiveness of fire fuel reduction methods under the U.S. National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study.”

California’s controlled fires boost biodiversity
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101123112152.htm
“In certain ecosystems, such as the mixed-conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada region of the western United States, fires are a natural and essential occurrence for maintaining forest health.”

Giant Redwood Trees Endured Frequent Fires Centuries Ago
http://www.livescience.com/8108-giant-redwood-trees-endured-frequent-fires-centuries.html
“Ancient trees pack a record of ancient events. And now scientists have used 52 of the world’s oldest trees – giant sequoia redwoods in California’s western Sierra Nevada – to show that the region was plagued by drought and fire from the year 800 through the year 1300.”

Fire’s Natural Role
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges/fire/firewildlife.html
“Fire was here long before we were, and plants and animals in some areas of the northeast have lived with fire over generations.”
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