Grizzly Complex Fire
Submitted by Cheryl Tijerina on Thu, 2017-06-22 00:00
Today we visited one of the sites of the “Grizzly Complex Fire” on Grassy Mountain to look at where the fire happened in 2015 and the salvage and restoration work being done there. The fire broke out in August of 2015 and was started by a lightning strike. Most fires in Idaho are caused by lightning strikes.
The goal of the salvage and restoration project is to restore the native population of white pines. The fire has given the forest service the prime opportunity to clear out non-native trees affected by the fire, to replenish the ground cover and replant white pines. Not only is the white pine native to the area but it is also resistant to root rot.
The native white pines were logged for use railroad companies and the Ohio Match Company in the early decades of the last century.
In order for this project to be a success the Forest Service is coordinating with multiple agencies because getting buy-in is so important. Having input from all affected parties is the best way to ensure the most efficient use of resources.
The information we learned today can be easily connected to environmental science, but how can it be applied to some of the other disciplines? One thought we had was to have students write argumentative essays exploring opposing views on forest restoration. Should we allow nature to take its course to repair any damage without human interference,or is it our duty to repair any damage using any means possible?