Replanting Burned over Sequoia Groves in the Sierras
Sustainability Now! Sunday, November 12th, 5-6 PM
Sequoias are among the oldest living things on Earth, and most of the world’s sequoias are in Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks. Since 2020, according to the National Park Service, almost 20% of that iconic species have been destroyed by wildfires. The parks’ management is planning to repopulate the burned-over areas with thousands of sequoia seedings, in an effort to rebuild six groves. But not everyone supports this project: some ecologists argue that there are enough seedlings growing in those groves to provide the next generation of trees. Join host Ronnie Lipschutz to hear about the pros and cons from Dr. Christy Brigham, Chief of resources management and science at the two national parks and one of the architects of the plan, and from Dr. Chad Hanson, cofounder of the John Muir Project, who is a critic of the plan.
That’s on Sustainability Now!, Sunday, November 12th,2023, from 5-6 PM right here on community radio for the Monterey Bay Region, KSQD 90.7 FM, KSQT 87.9 FM, K207FE (FX) 89.5 and KSQD.org, streaming on the internet.
(Photo credits: Replanting by Gary Coronado, LA Times; Christy Brigham, NPS; Chad Hanson, Sarabeth Maney, SF Chronicle)