“Fire-Followers” is the name given to plants that tend to pop up after a wildfire has cleared the land of the usual vegetation. Many of these plants are unusual to the neighborhood, and generally don’t stick around for a long time, so if you’re going to venture into one of the open areas like Eaton Canyon or Echo Mountain, it might be helpful to know what you’re looking at.

If you’re interested in learning more about these new plant-residents, the Sierra Club’s Angeles Forest Restoration Project will be hosting a presentation titled “Angeles Forest Recovery and the Fire Follower Plants” at 7:30PM on Wednesday, March 24th at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. The program will be led by Gabi McLean, president of the California Native Plant Society, and Cliff McClean. In 2008, the pair produced a CDROM interpretive guide for the plants of the San Gabriels.

The program is free and open to the public, and the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club’s Forest Committee will host a social reception at 7PM, before the program gets started.

For more information, visit the Forest Committee’s web site.

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