Watch: Fire also plays a role in aquatic systems

Catastrophic wildfires can be harmful to aquatic ecosystems, but adaptive fire management can harness fire’s beneficial effects. Credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife via YouTube.

Extreme wildfires have caused catastrophic damage to the people and ecosystems of California, but what about aquatic ecosystems? In a video created in a collaboration between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Environmental Education and Interpretation students at Cal Poly Humboldt, biologists discuss the role fire plays in aquatic ecosystems and the role of adaptive fire management to use fire to maintain healthy river ecosystems.

Watch the video below.