Fire sparks forest regrowth

September 12, 2012 by  

A fire that ravaged the landscape within a Minnesota tourism area has revitalized the area, said the Superior National Forest last week.

The wildland blaze torched 93,000 acres in 2011 around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Isabella Lake and fresh new plant species are growing and thriving in the area.

The regeneration of growth has outpaced other Minnesota areas touched by the previous Ham Lake, Cavity, and Pagami fires of recent years.

Kris Reichenbach, an employee with Superior National Forest that oversees the area, explained:

“It’s just part of the natural cycle, it’s part of our ecology in the boreal forest that re accruing fire has been part of the system for centuries.”

Brochure printing is often carried out by forestry services to inform park visitors of plant and animals that can be found in the forest and to educate the public about how forests rebuild after a fire.

Forest fires leave the forest floor rich with nutrients and, even with a dryer than normal summer, species of pine trees such as red and jack pin, plus aspen, and birch trees have begun to peek out through the earth.

New plants jockey for position following a fire has inspired new growth, including invasive species such as the Hawk Weed – a plant that is pleasant to look at but can take over if not controlled.

The Superior Forest Service has several strategies to stifle the progression of species such as the Hawk Week, which includes placing foot mats at the head of walking trails for visitors to wipe their shoes, ensuring seeds and spores are not spread.