23 Photos - Oct 1, 2012
Photo: Restoration? Piles of cut snags (dead trees) that would have provided important habitat, ceanothus, and manzanita.
In an attempt to alter the natural post-fire recovery occurring after the 2003 Cedar Fire, park managers (influenced by the same folks at San Diego County's Department of Planning and Land Use who wanted to clear-cut thousands of acres of chaparral in the backcountry) are currently using heavy machinery to remove ceanothus, manzanita, and habitat rich snags (dead trees) from large areas of the park. This will be followed up by a questionable tree planting effort funded mostly by private corporations to acquire carbon credits.Photo: As far as the eye can see.Photo: Photo: Despite being warned by a park field botanist to not disturb this fragile riparian area, this stream bed was heavily impacted by equipment and cut debris.Photo: Impacted stream bed photo #2Photo: Impacted stream bed Photo #3.Photo: The cut fire line in preparation for a prescribed burn to eliminate the cut ceanothus, habitat snags (dead trees), and manzanita.Photo: These three pines naturally grew after the 2003 fire. However, park managers trimmed down all the surrounding ceanothus in an apparent attempt to "help" the pine trees. The ceanothus provides critical shade for pine seedlings.Photo: Photo: A lighter approach. This is one area where heavy equipment was not used and pine saplings were hand planted without much disturbance of the surrounding environment.Photo: Beautiful manzanita ready for the chopping block.Photo: Weeds continue to expand in cleared area on lower slope of Stonewall Peak. Meadow area in foreground is natural.Photo: The spread of invasive, highly-flammable weeds due to a February, 2014 prescribed fire by CA State Parks and Cal Fire.Photo: The scene shortly after the February, 2015 prescribed burn.Photo: The scene shortly after the February, 2015 prescribed burn.Photo: The scene shortly after the February, 2015 prescribed burn.Photo: Planted conifer.Photo: Planted conifer in the shadow of a burned native shrub.Photo: Nesting sites in dead trees are an essential part of the post-fire landscape. The 2015 prescribed fire conducted by Cal Fire burned many of these trees.Photo: Despite Cal Fire's best efforts, ceanothus remains and resprouts.Photo: Suspected herbicide damage to native ceanothus shrubs.Photo: Weeds begin to colonize disturbed soil after prescribed burn.Photo: Forest "restoration" explanation.