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American Forests: How one California community is reforesting after fire

CALIFORNIA FORESTER Meghan Breniman stood in front of a group of landowners on a hillside in the Sierra Nevada Mountains devastated by forest fire. Clutching a tree-planting tool in one hand and her toddler’s hand in the other, she coached the group on the proper technique for planting seedlings, demonstrating how to aggressively tamp down the soil around the roots to remove air.

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Self-guided Museum Tour and Map

Current State of California public health guidelines permit us to welcome visitors to our outdoor exhibits. We hope you will
enjoy exploring the museum grounds and learning about the history of our area, while maintaining safe social distancing practices. Museum events and access to indoor spaces will resume as soon as possible. Our restrooms are currently closed to the public.

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Phineas Loucks and Markwood Meadow

This is a story about Phineas Loucks. Phineas Loucks (1845 – 1891) was a beekeeper and shake maker who moved his family into the mountains in nineteenth – century Fresno County, into what would soon become the Sierra National Forest. Loucks also achieved some notoriety for some unusual circumstances of his life as a result of that move.

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Plants of the Sierra- The Snow Plant

One of many native Sierra Nevada plants of interest is the Snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) The vibrant red color is stunning, the conical shape is unique, and it is a forerunner of spring flowers that will soon follow. The  Snow Plant intrigues plant lovers because it lacks chlorophyll. Its roots are encased in fungi which absorb nutrients for the snow plant from decaying plant material in the soil (making it a saprophyte) and from surrounding trees (making it an indirect parasite). The Snow plant is difficult to confuse with other plants, and indeed stands a better chance of being confused

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