AndrewJoslin wrote:From my time hiking around in the Sierra National forest a few years ago it was clear that fire suppression allowed heavy growth of Incense Cedar trees around the mature mature sequoias which crowds out light for sequoia seedlings. At the same time the cedar's lower branches are mostly dead creating a massive quantity of dry brush in the Sierra forests. That was before the big drought.
I had the same impression running around the Sequoia's as well. Comparing the curated Giant Forest vs. the jungle-like mess that is Nelder's Grove. You see how common the big burn scars are on the old sequoia's and all the brush growing right up to the trunks, and it doesn't take much imagination to see them all burning down in the next big fire. Oh well, at least the big fire last year forced them to clear the brush around the Boole tree.
Tough situation to solve.
After they get done spending ~$300 million repairing the Oroville dam, they can use the leftover money to do some mechanical thinning and prescribed burns...Oh wait. Maybe deferring that ~$500,000 maintenance job on the spillway wasn't such a good deal after all.