Virtual Tour of the Forest: Good Fire

Low intensity fires are important in some forest types to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Fire clears the forest of woody debris providing room for new plants to grow. Some plants are dependent on occasional fires to be able to reproduce. Fires result in a flush of new growth, which provides food and habitat for many birds and animals. Fire is an important component of the forest ecosystem.

Fire also is important in the release of nutrients from woody material. Phosphorus, potash and other essential nutrients are found in the ash left from fire and are nature's way of fertilizing the new plant growth.

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