Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Fire – A Fundamental Force
Like wind, rain, and sunshine, fire is part of the Yellowstone ecosystem.
Plants decompose very slowly in Yellowstone’s cool, dry environment. Fire speeds up this process. Wood and other organic material are turned into ash. Minerals and valuable nutrients the fertilize the soil. Natural fire burn in a patchy pattern – a mosaic. New openings in the forest allow sunlight to reach the ground. Grasses, flowers, shrubs, and seedling trees grow quickly in these sunny, fertile areas.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 57.641′ N, 110° 33.971′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Upper Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seasons of the Range (within shouting distance of this marker); Trembling Aspens (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forest that Needs Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Wolf Tracks What’s Blooming? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Wildlife Paradise (about 300 feet away); The Land Tells the Story (about 400 feet away); Forces of the Northern Range Self-Guiding Trail (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 23, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.