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Students study ecological recovery of burn zone


Last updated 1/17/2008 at Noon

Seventh-graders Kathy Veluz (left), Monica Robinson (center) and Marissa Sagey get ready to stake out their part of the burn zone for a biology project.

FALLBROOK — The Rice Canyon Fire has unwittingly provided seventh grade students at Zion Lutheran School with an opportunity to study biology right in their own community. Teams of students have “adopted” small plots of blacken ground in two areas of the burn zone just east of Interstate 15.

The purpose of the study is to observe and document a process called secondary ecological succession: the series of changes that take place when ecosystems recover after a natural disaster such as fire.

In December, students staked out square plats, three meters on a side, and used stakes and br...

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