Scientific American documentary examines giant sequoia loss to wildfire

Startling video from Alder Creek Grove

Scientific American sent a team to the Alder Creek Grove in November before the snows hit to examine the damage from the 2020 Castle Fire. The team’s video features Alexis Bernal and Linnea Hardlund, both of the University of California, Berkeley. Hardlund is also a giant sequoia forest fellow with the League. This terrific piece follows the two as they document the extensive damage from the fire, and discuss how we can hopefully prevent this kind of loss in the future. View the accompanying Scientific American article here.

Learn more about giant sequoia and fire here.

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3 Responses to “Scientific American documentary examines giant sequoia loss to wildfire”

  1. Clifford and Pearl Bove

    Yep, that’s what happens when the small fires are extinguished over and over. Branches and debris build up to the point when another fire is started it takes off full throttle!
    We love those forests!! Live on my friends!

  2. Janis Reed

    Sigh…. The baby sequoia at the end of the video gave me a spark of hope, but broke my heart in an even bigger way. The will to live in that little seedling is palpable, doing its thing in spite of the odds against it. Mother Nature WILL win in the end… or not.

  3. KC Vincelette

    Fantastic video. Thank you.


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