Life Springs

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Life Springs
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By John Wiley

We were astounded to glance up from the Tuesday downtown Farmer's Market and see tinges of green in our mountains already! Can it possibly be that those scorched slopes have some green so soon, or was it some trick of the evening light? Maybe just a tiny bit of grass that won't stop erosion in a good rain, but will some of it survive long enough to at least help a little in the Fall?

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LDighera Apr 21, 2018 05:55 AM
Life Springs

There are still a couple of spaces available for this field trip. Let me know Color After Ashes: Following the Fire-Followers Field Trip with Larry Ballard Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Participation is limited to 20 Advance registration begins March 28 at synature @ west .net or 805/ 693-5683 Members $10. / Non-members $25. / Children $5. The profuse floral display of fire-followers is one of the most impressive sights in the California flora. Locally, tuberous plants like Marah have already sent up their first leafy tendrils. Annuals with long-dormant seeds will flourish with just a few inches of winter rain. In the Whittier fire area, chaparral shrubs that sprout from root crowns are already 5' tall, even though they've gone ten months without a trace of rain. Unfortunately last year's fires have left us with too many places to visit. The hike location will be determined later depending on displays and access.

tagdes Apr 19, 2018 03:26 PM
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If you've lived here awhile you may have noticed that all that will be brown and dead in the fall. What we need is chaparral which as we were told even the roots burned due to the intensity of this fire. So not much help for 2 or 3 years or more unless we get the kind of rain we need.

a-1542254136 Apr 20, 2018 10:41 AM
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Sure it'll be brown by autumn but in the meantime it's putting down roots and that's enough to offer a measure of prevention to any soil erosion in the coming wet season, whenever that'll be. Something is better than nothing.

a-1542254136 Apr 19, 2018 11:39 AM
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I've noticed a few sporadic green patches on those hills for the past week or so as well. Let's hope the trend continues, because we certainly need it. A few gentle rains like we got this morning would be helpful...just not enough to rise to evacuation rates, please.

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