Changing forests

Wildfires are an important topic in summer, raising awareness with regard to land management and fire as a tool.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/08/23/159614784/our-changing-forests-an-88-year-time-lapse

This article has some intriguing photo’s, taken over an 88 year period, that give a sense of the fuel load changing in response to land management practices.

One of the hardest things I find in working with landscapes is imagining the transformation, intended and unintended.  A landscape “What if?”, if you will.  While we delight in the colors of annuals and biennials it is the large perennials that give our landscapes form.  Thus, reminders of how any landscape, wild or tamed, alters through time is always helpful in sparking the imagination, adding another dimension to informed plant selection.

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