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Ecosystem Transformation card

2016 (approx.)

Detailed Description

Ecosystem Transformation: If fires burn too hot or too frequently, they can prevent slow-growing native plants and trees from regrowing. When this happens, the landscape will transform into a new type of ecosystem. For example, a forest will become a grassland, a grassland will become a desert, etc. The USGS is at the forefront of understanding ecosystem transformations and helping managers anticipate and prevent unwanted transformations.


Public Domain.