Nature Recovers Quickly
Mark Mendelsohn at work. One of the biologist’s jobs will be to closely monitor recovery on National Park Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains. Photos by Suzanne Guldimann
It’s hard to imagine anything alive in this desolate landscape, but plants are already beginning to grow. If the Santa Monica Mountains continue to receive rain this winter, and the rain isn’t so intense that it washes away germinating seeds, spring will bring fire following wildflowers to the burn scar, and native trees and shrubs will have an opportunity to begin recovery
Trancas Creek, looking for all the world like a winter woods back East after a winter thaw, instead of the aftermath of a hellish conflagration. According to Mendelsohn, the oaks and willows in this area have a good chance of recovering. The fire burned their leaves and branches, but did not kill the core of the trees.