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Burn after seeding and other Black Spruce stuff

I spent a couple of delicious hours yesterday at my library, soaking up the ambiance as well as a cranberry scone and black coffee, perusing the newspaper and a copy of Canadian Geographic, and came across this article:From Canadian Geographic

I did not succeed in taking a ‘readable photo, but the article says that the Black Spruce is not regenerating post fire as is should.

My interest in was piqued because of a book I read a few years ago called Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden. It really wasn’t it a story about the tree, though, it was a life changing book for me, in many ways, I remember telling people it was the best book I’ve ever read, though no one else found it quite as ground shaking as I.

I had heard before somewhere that nature replenishes forests naturally through fire but I was intrigue that the Black spruce can hold up to something like six years of seeds to be released post fire. I think. I have to go back and read more carefully. 

I know my youngest son told me years ago that all the beautiful trees in our Algonquin forests are relatively young due to fire regeneration, and ’controlled burns’ have been part of our history for hundreds of years.

So if you are up to a bit of reading there is some information below

I spent a couple of delicious hours yesterday at my library, soaking up the ambiance as well as a cranberry scone and black coffee, perusing the …

Burn after seeding and other Black Spruce stuff