Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Monday, March 26, 2012


One of the seasonal annual rites of passage in the Bella Coola Valley is the 'burning of the grass'.  I'm not sure which culture brought this long practiced tradition, but it's been practiced a long time and is practiced in many grassland and pasture areas.

This last week and weekend were perfect 'burn the grass' days in the valley, with dry grass, snow in the trees and no wind.  Burning is effective for keeping the brush from encroaching too much which is one of the big challenges of keeping hay fields and pastures when you are in a rainforest.  It also provides a quick infusion of nutrients and early warming of the soil with the blackened earth picking up solar radiation. 

The nice weather from the weekend continued today with a nice warm sunny 14 C day. Grizzly

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