How do forests recover from fires?

Forest fires can be devastating events. We hear in the news about many forest fires, the homes destroyed, and the lives lost1. Fires also have effects on the forest itself, and soil plays an important role in bringing the forest back to life. Jack pine tree seeds need the heat of a fire in order … Continue reading How do forests recover from fires?

Snow really provides my drinking water?

When snow arrives in the mountains, winter sports enthusiasts get excited. And, farmers “down country” get excited, too, but not for all the same reasons! Snow cover in Alabama Hills, CA, near the eastern slopes of the Sierras. Credit: Chris Rowe @elocrowe Winter mountain snows mean that come springtime, water supplies will be replenished for … Continue reading Snow really provides my drinking water?