Why Planting Native Trees Can Build Resilience to Wildfires

Why Planting Native Trees Can Build Resilience to Wildfires

Why Planting Native Trees Can Build Resilience to Wildfires

12/18/19

“How can we build resilience to wildfires by simply planting trees that are native to the local ecosystem?”

 

Wildfires and how to build resilience against them are some of the hottest topics in areas with Mediterranean climates. Much of the time techniques using built infrastructure are proposed, such as building microgrids or housing with new flame-resilient materials. However, one of the most effective methods can be one does not require a single wire or piece of concrete. Due to globalism and colonialization, many Mediterranean climates contain invasive species of trees that are more likely to burn. By replacing these with tree species that are adapted to the local climate and are more resistant to burning, we can decrease the intensity of burnable fuel in an area and achieve better Wildfire resilience. This is Why Planting Native Trees Can Build Resilience to Wildfires.

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