Time-lapse images will capture regrowth from 2020 CZU Complex Fire
Save the Redwoods League and Sempervirens Fund have partnered on an innovative research project that will employ digital imagery to track the recovery of the coast redwood forest in Big Basin Redwoods State Park following the CZU Complex fire of 2020. The fire burned through more than 97% of the forest and destroyed most of the park’s historic infrastructure. The park remains closed indefinitely, although the park’s Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center, accessible from the west side, has reopened.
The video above shows how researchers from Northern Arizona University’s College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences climbed high into the coast redwoods to place phenology cameras that will capture time-lapse images of the canopy and understory as it grows back. Images will be captured every 30 minutes and relayed to researchers on the ground.
Save the Redwoods League and Sempervirens Fund will share findings from this project as they unfold.