Morgan Fire Study - Annual Fire Followers
Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:10PM
Heath Bartosh in California State Parks, bay area botany, california botany, fire followers, fire following annuals, post fire recovery

Nomad Ecology senior botanist Heath Bartosh was featured as the front page story in the San Francisco Chronicle (5/14/14) discussing the recovery of vegetation on Mount Diablo resulting from the 2013 Morgan Fire.

In May of 2014 Nomad Ecology conducted the first year of a post-fire study assessing species composition and changes in annual plant diversity over a three year period in this post-fire environment. This study will help in understanding how ephemeral fire-following plant diversity changes over time and expresses itself in various areas of the mountain in six different vegetation types. In total data will be recorded on 1,250 1x1 meter square quads. Nomad Ecology is thankful to California State Parks who has provided funding for the first two years of this three year study. 

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