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Near Lake George in Park County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Fire Nature's Own Cleanser

 
 
Fire Nature's Own Cleanser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 8, 2020
1. Fire Nature's Own Cleanser Marker
Inscription.  Before European settlement, healthy stands of widely spaced ponderosa pines and Douglas-firs covered the montane ccosystem.

These open forests likely occurred because lightning caused and human-set fires eliminated some young trees, pine needles, cones, limbs, and dead snags from the understory.

After 1900, people began to suppress fires within the forests, which increased in density. Wildfires in thick forests are difficult and expensive to control. They also pose serious threats to people and property, lead to erosion and flooding, and can sterilize soils.

Forests can be protected from dangerous fires by:
• Public education in wildfire prevention.
• Forest thinning, which opens spaces between trees that mimic the original forest structure, reduce the risk of hard-to-control crown fires, promote vegetation diversity, and provide wildlife habitat.
• Prescribed fires, which decrease or eliminate flammable material in the forest understory without harming healthy, mature trees. These burns must be done regularly and must be carefully monitored. The burned plant material acts as a fertilizer and makes
Fire Nature's Own Cleanser Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 8, 2020
2. Fire Nature's Own Cleanser Marker
an area less susceptible to damage by future wildfires, insects, and diseases.

In the long run, a combination of all three elements most effectively ensures the health of managed forests.
 
Erected by U.S. Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 39° 2.267′ N, 105° 31.547′ W. Marker is near Lake George, Colorado, in Park County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 24. Marker is located at the Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake George CO 80827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Digging In (here, next to this marker); Bayou Salado "Salt Marsh" (here, next to this marker); Turning Gold Fields into Fields of Green (here, next to this marker); Footpaths to Highways (here, next to this marker); Enough Water for Everyone? (here, next to this marker); Human Lives & Landscapes Inextricably Intertwined (a few steps from this marker); The Blue Sky People (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pikes Peak and National Forests (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake George.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Jan. 16, 2021