In This New Environment

Plants that can grow in the wake of such fires, primarily grasses and shrubs, will not remotely resemble the forests that existed previously … Plants, animals and humans are in the midst of confronting unprecedented scales of change. Forests that have been a constant presence for centuries suddenly no longer exist.

In this new environment, configuration appears to be of growing consequence.  Borders between “wilderness” and “residential” appear ever more slippery. Where to build? How soon will the “next” event of this magnitude take place? What species can thrive in what becomes of “here”? What tools do we need to navigate this new territory?

We will continue to track these fires. There is much to learn from how various species will reconfigure their lives and systems in response to such unpredictable events of change.”

Friends Of the Pleistocene