Forest Care

Before: Downed dead wood and brush in dangerous buildup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Care

After years of fire suppression (80 years in our area), there is heavy buildup of downed wood and underbrush. Part of bringing balance to our ranch involves clearing some of this.

After: Forest floor that has had dead wood and brush cleared.
 Our forests are dependent on pyrodiversity, or variety of intensity and frequency of fire. Fire cleans the forest floor, insuring swift movement of fire, burning primarily the underbrush and dead wood. Native oaks and madrone are not burned in frequent, lower intensity fires. In fact, diseased acorns are destroyed, insuring healthier trees and normal plant succession.
Our goats work to keep underbrush down once it has been cleared.