Resilience After Fire

Resilience After Fire

Even in the darkness, there is a glimmer of light. Today this comes in the form of amazing and heroic firefighters, the saving of Multnomah Falls Lodge, so many homes and trees still standing and the numerous stories of hope, rescue, and bravery.

Thankfully in Oregon (even through the hottest and driest year in 50 years) our trees still contain a tremendous amount of water, which makes them more difficult to burn. Much of our forests contain Douglas Fir trees, whose bark is extremely thick and can serve (to some degree) as fire resistance. Because of this, our forests rarely burn completely.

There will be dead trees (snags) left standing, where woodpeckers, squirrels, and other forest creatures will return and build their new homes. Other trees will survive, with the scars and burns that will remind us of the resilience of life; and how fire, though deeply devastating, will be followed by an abundance of new life. This glimmer of hope can propel us through spring, as fresh green blessings of new growth blanket the scarred landscape, turning it once again into the lush, resilient forest we know and love.

Our trees and vegetation grow faster here than most places in the world. It may surprise people at how fast our seedlings reach for the heavens and bless us with shade, beauty, and cleaner oxygen. We can unite, replant and regrow, not just our forests but our hearts as well, seeking hope in the midst of trials.
Multnomah Falls

 

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