Speaker: Dr Mike Wells
Free and Open to the Public
Located at the UC Irvine Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
The person who was instrumental in the establishment of the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Reforestation Project after a wildfire in 2003 ravaged more than 95 percent of the park’s conifers will speak about the project to the Botany Society in Borrego Springs on Nov. 10.
Dr. Mike Wells, a retired superintendent of the Colorado Desert District in the State Park system, will talk about “The Cuyamaca Rancho Fire Restoration Project: An Update after Seven Years” at the UCI Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center (the old Desert Club), 401 Tilting T Drive. The presentation starts at 10 a.m. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.
The devastating fire destroyed the conifers’ seed bank, but in the past two years, about 70 percent of planted seedlings have survived. In some places, the percentage has soared to 93 percent. Dr. Wells, the project’s science advisor, took action in 2007 after the forest showed no signs of regeneration.