Note: this area was hit hard by the November 2018 Woolsey Fire. I’ve been afraid to go back, but plan to soon to document its recovery.
My husband Tom and I were amazed with the mature stands of chaparral on a hike we took last week – the Mishe Mokwa trail in the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area. I think the photos below illustrate how short-sighted the belief is that chaparral is meant to burn.
For more on the importance of Chaparral, please see the California Chaparral Institute, established by a good friend of ours, Rick Halsey. He also wrote a great book on fire and chaparral – Fire, Chaparral and Survival in Southern California.