In my last post, I got some video of the thinning of the oak savannah on the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The result was more growing room for the remaining young oak trees.

Yesterday the second step was taken. The Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a “controlled burn” in the same area. The purp0se was to burn off the “thatch” of grasses and weeds that had grown in recent years underneath the trees. Hopefully, a better selection of native grasses will spring up next growing season.

So we had firefighters starting fires. Of course, they were there to keep things under control. We volunteers were there to witness everything that happens to our refuge and to get a little smoke in  our hair.


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