Forest After Fire – Q&A with Hannah Ormshaw

Butano Ridge

Hannah Ormshaw is the Natural Resource Manager for the San Mateo County Parks Department. Hannah has an academic and professional background as a geographer & ecologist. Her work for the Parks Department includes overseeing all habitat enhancement, invasive species control, fuel reduction and forest health projects, mapping, and wildlife monitoring.

What did you see when you visited Pescadero Creek County Park?

So far, the extent of the burned area has mostly been visible from Old Haul Road. CalFire had not yet cleared the area for access due to unsafe conditions. What I saw was that there were differences in the burn intensity in some areas. Where the burn intensity was lower, there is still some understory vegetation and leaf debris visible with some ash and charring of trees and logs. Where the intensity of the burn was higher, most woody debris and leaf litter was fully burned, and there was a prevalent layer of grayish-white ash on the forest floor. There is charring along the tree trunks.

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Memorial Park Canopy Views: Tree Trimming Among Some of the Tallest Trees on the Planet

  On the morning of January 31, 2019, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation met with County Arborist Dan Krug at Memorial County Park to send our GoPro up with the tree trimmers as they scaled a Douglas-fir. This was a rare opportunity to be able to share the view from the top of some of the tallest trees in the world. We hope you enjoy the video and our dialogue with Dan Krug. And special thanks to GoPro for sponsoring our camera!  

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