wildfire

A woman stands next to a giant sequoia tree among burned giant sequoia, with the sun shining.

Giant sequoias’ declining wildfire resilience

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For millennia, one of the defining characteristics of giant sequoias has been their innate resilience to wildfire. But in the last several years, severe fires in the Sierra Nevada have revealed an unprecedented vulnerability in the groves. League staffers’ publication in a scientific journal is the first to document this new phenomenon.

Two firegfighters stand on a ridge with fire and smoke

Backburning: fighting fire with fire

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Fire crews use backburning to protect important values such as homes, giant sequoia groves, and infrastructure like the Sequoia National Parks headquarters during the KNP Complex fire.

A giant sequoia grove

Windy Fire reaches Red Hill

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As the Windy Fire burns in Red Hill, the League needs supporters to champion prescribed burning and fire resilience work.

Visitor Center building burned to the ground after the fire

One month last summer: wildfires in the redwoods

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Even though so much has been written about the fires of 2020—particularly in this space —it is still hard to remember clearly what it was like to live in California during that time. Part of this is because so much has …