BEN LOMOND (KPIX) — A preliminary observation of the fire damage at Big Basin Redwoods State Park reveals many of the park’s largest trees will likely survive but rebuilding and recovery efforts will cost “tens of millions, possibly hundreds of millions” in federal, state, and private funding. Almost all of Big Basin burned to some degree in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire but with varying intensity, said Joanne Kerbavaz, ecologist for California State Parks. Some areas only saw burning in the understory but, at the core of the park which included the headquarters and nature center, flames taller than the trees destroyed all the buildings and much of the forest canopy. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing in the life of a redwood because they can re-sprout and that actually makes more diversity in that life that’s up in the top of the trees,” Kerbavaz explained, “I don’t think we’re going to see that much loss of the biggest trees. Trees that are re-sprouting — that will be a different look. I am optimistic that you’re still going to see a lot of what you saw before this fire.” Kerbavaz briefly inspected the Father of the Forest redwood, believed to… Read full this story
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