Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fire Recovery on the Middle Fork

In August of 2007, the upper stretch of the Middle Fork was exposed to a high intensity fire that temporarily closed the river down. Until recently, some of the most popular campsites have been closed for the start of the 2008 season due to large trees that could potentially fall in a big wind storm.

On our June 30th Middle Fork launch, we had the privilege to camp at John's camp on the first night. This was a camp that had seen some of the most intense fire activity in 2007. Thankfully, it looks like things have begun to start sprouting.

Although it will be years and decades before Middle Fork boaters see green trees reminiscent of years past, this picture offers a reminder that fires are the norm and that the forest will recover. It could take awhile but, hey, we're on river time.

A lone flower at John's Camp. June 30th, 2008

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