Forest Fire Affect On Blauvelt Park Lands

Dated: 12/01/2013

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The November forest fire that charred much of Clausland Mountain Park in Orangetown made for spectacular news and aerial video footage. We can all give thanks that no people were seriously hurt or homes destroyed.
Many people had concerns that animals were affected in a negative way.  As was seen in massive Yellowstone fires a few years ago, wildlife moves away from the fire and are rarely harmed.   This fire moved at such a slow enough pace that animals had time to leave the area or burrow deep into the ground.       
 While not all the effects of forest fire are known, some are very evident.  The first of these common effects is that vegetation and fallen dead material are burned creating an open forest floor.  When the fire burns the organic material in the forest, nutrient rich ash is left behind.  When the first rain comes, the nutrients in the ash dissolve into the soil for the new plants to use.  This process is called nutrient recycling.  These nutrients left in the soil are a good source of food for the young plants that will begin to grow back. This new vegetation will provide food for wildlife. Sapling trees and plant sprouts thrive in this nutrient rich environment.  Also, the new growth will have little competition for sunlight and food which enables them to mature at a faster rate.
Only time will tell, but maybe this post fire landscape will support more wildlife and become an even more beautiful park to stroll through.
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Paul Bambara

My love of the real estate business began when I first started investing in residential and commercial properties in 1982. I found that my life-long residency of Rockland County, my eight years on the....

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