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After Saint Helens, forest managers thought to harvest timber in the area and replant it because they assumed nothing would ever grow again. Instead they left it alone and the eruption epicenter is now the largest outdoor ecological restoration experiment. Scientists monitor it's rate and aspects of it's regeneration. Contrary to being a dead sterile ...


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Falling ash is usually not a concern for agriculture. But the particulate matter (smoke) can harm agricultural products. Not through the soil, but by exposing the plants to smoke over long periods. In particular, many vineyard owners are very unhappy with the recent increase in wildfire smoke in the west. It taints their grapes and makes the wine less ...


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