by Sue Cag
Millions of new sequoia seedlings are naturally repopulating our mountain slopes after the recent wildfires. The fires weren’t “bad,” but part of a natural process. The sequoias thrive by fire, especially severe fire. Despite this, land “managers” have been destroying our ancient sequoia groves through logging, grazing, burning, and planting. Natural seedlings are being destroyed and replaced by artificial plantings and tree farms, even in Wilderness areas. This includes Sequoia National Park (National Park Service / NPS), the Giant Sequoia National Monument (US Forest Service), California state land (CalFire), and privately owned land being egregiously destroyed by Save the Redwoods League.
We’ve been to every single grove that burned in the 2020-2021 wildfires (the 2020 Castle Fire and the 2021 Windy and KNP Complex fires, respectively). There are millions of sequoia seedlings everywhere that burned harshly. Sequoias very obviously thrive by fire, especially severe fire. They’ve been doing so for millions of years, as far back as the Tertiary period. It’s absolutely amazing to watch their rebirth, even just the little bit of it that we get to glimpse during our extremely short lifetimes. In a few millennia, the monarchs will have reinvented themselves – assuming we allow it, which doesn’t seem to be the case. Unfortunately, we’re repeatedly seeing tyrannical “authorities” bulldozing through groves, logging, burning, and building tree farms. The natural sequoia seedlings are being destroyed in numerous groves. The new genetic code provided by the ancient monarchs to their burgeoning progeny seems on track to be lost, if we don’t wake up and realize the harm we’re doing.
These videos show how abundant natural giant sequoia seedlings and saplings are flourishing in every grove that burned in recent wildfires. No “help” needed!
Sequoia seedlings and saplings thriving in Agnew Grove after it burned severely in the Rough Fire:
Millions of sequoia seedlings in Redwood Mountain Grove after the KNP Complex Fire:
Robust sequoia seedlings in Board Camp Grove after the Castle Fire:
New Oriole Grove Sequoia Seedlings
Sequoia Seedlings Across Groves After Wildfire
Deer Meadow Grove Sequoia Seedlings and Saplings
About the Author:
Sue Cag is a musician, artist, writer, photographer, and nature preservationist.
All photos and video by Sue Cag. All Rights Reserved. Photos and video may not be used without permission.