|OSA Volunteer and CNPS member, Dave Chapman
organized a series of three burn area surveys.
|Burn Team volunteers included members of
local chapter of the California Native Plant Society.
|Burn started in an off-trail area of the preserve
and destroyed +/- 20 acres before it was contained.
|The fire provided a unique opportunity to increase our knowledge of plant regeneration.|
|Burn survey team members fan out looking for new plant growth.|
|Flames, extreme heat left this soap root a charred hull.|
|When new growth found, its location was noted
and when possible, the plant was identified.
|We saw lots of this plant, which reminded me of
a type of pigweed. Leaves had a fleshy feel to them.
|The leaves of this plant reminded me of a dandelion.|
|This one, of scarlet pimpernel.|
|Diverse effects of fire on the landscape.|
|Only a small variety of plants have started to regenerate.|
|Team hikes past a patch of Narrow Leaf Milkweed.|
|Narrow Leaf Milkweed|
|This fire-blackened CA buckeye should spring to life after seasonal rains.|
|Burn area mostly steep hillside grasslands.|
|Burn team nears an outcrop of serpentine.|
|Sensitive area fenced off to protect it from grazing cattle.|
|Team particularly on the look out for serpentine endemic plant species.|
|A partially burned outcrop of dudleya.|
|Burn team works its way to a forest area touched by the fire.|
|Trunk, branches, leaves of this coast live oak were burned as the fire swept uphill.|
|Group works its way through a scorched section of oak woodland.|
|Team member inspects the inside of a partially burned oak.|
|Burn area survey ended where the fire was halted by the Mayfair Ranch Trail.|
|Fire damage on a slope below Mayfair Ranch Trail.|
|Fire damage below Mayfair Ranch Trail.|
|Burn line between glassland and chaparral very apparent.|
|These oaks were singed but remain alive.|
|Fire seemed to have skipped around as it swept uphill.|
|View looking east towards Uvas Valley.|
|With spring rains on the way, these hillsides will turn lush and green.|
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