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Fires can be devastating but what comes
after can be even more dangerous. The
conditions after a fire or deforestation for
lumber are that undergrowth is burned or
trampled and soil is destabilized. This
creates a huge mudslide hazzard that can
be more deadly than the actual fire.
can come as fast as
earthquakes, burying everything in its
After fires, many things regrow and within
some years the mountain is vegetated
sparsely. What the mountain needs is a
head start, and in comes the forest carpet
The bombs are dropped into devastated
areas where slopes are barren and before
impact, the bomb releases its clusters full
of seeds. The seeds are of many varieties
but will include those plants most valuable
for their root systems that hold soil
together. For plants that need irrigation
more than others, they will be dropped in
a biodegradeable pod that has a drip
supply of water to nourish the tree until it
roots. The bomb will be biodegrade of
course by being made of wood and other
Advantages: Don't need to send out
arborists (if they would even be
considered in the first place). Just send up
the planes or helecopters. Fast
reforestation in even inaccessable areas.
Disadvantages: Less successful
germination rates for a less personalized
touch. Animals will be harder to
Artificial reseeding after fires
As just a quick perusal of the abstract points out, the grasses and other quick-growing species which are often introduced to a burnt-over area to quickly reintroduce groundcover and soil-stabilisation can be detrimental to the long-term health and bio-diversity of these sensitized areas. [jurist, Dec 06 2006]
topical self-promotion [csea, Dec 06 2006]
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)
"First Aid" for imperiled areas. [jurist, Dec 06 2006]
[pertinax, Dec 06 2006]
||Post-fire reseeding projects are quite common, even by air. While the science still seems to require perfecting, there certainly seem to be a lot of folks working in this area. I don't find anything new in your presentation. [See the National Park Service BAER link below.]
||Great minds think similarly. See "Pyrotechnic Planting" [link]
||My Dad's house and about 400 others were destroyed in 2001 by a "preventative" fire set by the forest service on what turned out to be a windy day. The damage done by the fire was only part of the mess; it was a huge effort to control erosion after the fire.
||yes this idea seems to be very baked...
Another internet search gone awry.
should I delete?
||//Animals will be harder to reintroduce.//
||...except for [phlish]'s bulls; see link.