Environment
6:37 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Resilient Ecosystems Should Rebound After Wildfire

Jane Anklam doesn't rule out one day seeing the federally endangered Kirtland's Warbler on the currently fire-swept northwest Wisconsin landscape.
Credit Robert Royse

We continue to learn more about the colossal wildfire that swept across more than 8,000 acres in northwest Wisconsin.

Investigators have determined that a malfunctioning logging machine sparked the flame. It reduced 47 buildings and homes to ash.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

The forested area scorched by wildfire is tucked within the unique Northwest Sands Ecological Landscape.
Credit WDNR

Another bright spot, is that the landscape and wildlife should rebound nicely, according Jane Anklam, a soil scientist and land conservationist who lives in Superior, Wisconsin.

Anklam says glacial activity shaped the region long ago and deposited sand.

It’s perfect for pine and lumber and paper – and supports many of Wisconsin’s most endangered species. She also describes the land as remarkably resilient.