Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Blow Down, Fall Down, Burn Down or Cut Down
It's a great example of the resilience of the forest. When you consider the floods and fires that have gone through and the areas cleared for agriculture and homes, you can see the persistence of the forest to reestablish, even if it means growing on top of someone else's remains.
The summer of 2009 of course saw a fair number of trees in the Bella Coola Valley meet their end through forest fire. The ones that blow down in the Bella Coola Valley are not usually in larger patches like you see on the outer coast where the shallow soils and the big fall and winter storms do their damage. A lot of our valley blow down patches tend to be associated with fringes and fronts of the avalanche tracks from the horrendous wind that avalanches generate.
I've had occasion to experience trees that 'fall down' for no apparent reason as well. Years back my wife and I were camping in a tent in a provincial campsite and in the middle of a dead calm night, a large cottonwood tree chose that moment to come crashing to the ground just behind our tent for no apparent reason, other than it's time had come. It was more than a scary moment, when we heard it start to fall with no time to move and unsure where it was going. Careful when you walk in the woods.