Sick redwoods in Alamo, CA respond to fire mimicry

19 10 2017


Last year I was contacted by a home owner in Alamo, California about his distressed valley oaks and redwood trees. Yesterday I checked on the status of the trees and today am reporting on the results with the redwoods. In a followup post I will report on the results with the valley oaks.

The redwoods were treated last October with fire mimicry methods, and in one year have made notable improvement in canopy health and size. The photos here tell the  story far better than I can . . .

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Oaks in Marin respond to fire mimicry

15 09 2017


Here are the results of an oak grove in Fairfax, CA that has been treated with fire mimicry a couple of times over the past three years. Most of the oaks have responded nicely.

One tree at a time . . .

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Carmel oaks respond to fire mimicry

13 09 2017


Three years ago I began treating a grove of mature coast live oaks in Carmel, CA with fire mimicry. Yesterday I checked on their response. As the photos here reveal, most of the oaks show a clear improvement in the leaf density.of their canopies.

I haven’t done a tally on the total number of trees I’ve reported on in the nearly 10 years of hosting this website, but a fair estimate is that it is upwards of 1000 case studies, including oaks, pines, cedars, buckeyes, magnolias, fruit trees, and more. It has been immensely rewarding to witness and report these results, and to demonstrate to all concerned a clear way forward for tending our trees and forests.


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Oaks in Fairfax, CA respond to fire mimicry (Part 2)

27 07 2017


While on my way to check on the oaks in the previous post, I happened upon another client whose oaks I treated with fire mimicry last September. I stopped to say “Hi” and mentioned that I would return in September for the one-year checkup, but he was anxious to see how his oaks were doing yesterday, so I took the time to  re-photogrpah his oaks, Here are the results after 10 months . . .


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Oaks in Fairfax, CA respond to fire mimicry (Part 1)

27 07 2017


Yesterday, in Fairfax, CA, I examined a number of coast live oaks that I treated with fire mimicry for the first time in July of last year. The first tree I examined was a a large oak that was severely diseased and near death last year. I told the owner that I did not think it could be saved, but he insisted I try. As you can see in the above photo my attempts to save the tree were unsuccessful. The oak came down in a storm this past January.

Fortunately, the owner had me treat his other oaks, some of which are infected with stem canker disease (probably Sudden Oak Death). As you can see in the following photos, all are showing noticeable improvement in just one year. I’m happy to attribute some of this success to the plentiful rains this past winter, however, considering I’ve gotten similar results at the height of the recent drought (see Archives 2013 – 2016), I’m certain that the fire mimicry treatments are assisting in the recovery of these oaks.


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Oaks in Piedmont, CA responding to fire mimicry

22 07 2017


Two years ago a property owner in Piedmont, CA contacted me about the declining health of their oaks. When I inspected the trees I found a couple of them had stem canker infections (possibly Sudden Oak Death), including the oak pictured above. Most of the oaks were free of infections, but still showed signs of poor health. Now after two treatments using fire mimicry, the oaks, generally, are showing a noticeable improvement in canopy health and density. Note that the photos are not exactly two years apart, but when I re-photograph the oaks again in October I’m betting that the trees will not have lost much, if any, vigor.

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Gaia University Webinar on Climate Change

3 05 2017


On May 16 I’ll be giving a free online seminar titled “Gaia and Climate Change” via Gaia Radio (sponsored by Gaia University). Please visit the following site to register for the seminar: