(and many other fascinating ecosystems)

  1. Whenever you walk in the woods near my house it quickly becomes clear that my neighborhood was once prairie…there are quite a few old oaks in the woods, as well as many in peoples yards. Bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) can only grow in full sun and thrived in prairies where annual fires would keep other less fire tolerant trees from competing. When people began suppressing the fires woodland grew up around  the oaks- which is where we are today. In the future these oaks will die, and with too much shade for new seedlings to grow the woods will no longer have any.

    Whenever you walk in the woods near my house it quickly becomes clear that my neighborhood was once prairie…there are quite a few old oaks in the woods, as well as many in peoples yards. Bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) can only grow in full sun and thrived in prairies where annual fires would keep other less fire tolerant trees from competing. When people began suppressing the fires woodland grew up around  the oaks- which is where we are today. In the future these oaks will die, and with too much shade for new seedlings to grow the woods will no longer have any.

  2. Minneapolis from the Witch’s hat~

    Minneapolis from the Witch’s hat~

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