Saturday February 25, 2017
Fort McMurray forests are on the rebound
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- Fort McMurray forests are on the rebound
- Somebody won NASA's spacesuit toilet contest
- Quirks Question: Why did my jello freeze like this?
- Full Episode
For many people the memory of the wildfires that devastated Fort McMurray in Alberta last May is still pretty fresh.
While many residents of Fort Mac face a long road to recovery, there are signs that the scorched boreal forest around it is well on its way to rebounding. Dr. Dan Thompson, a forest fire scientist with Natural Resources Canada, says some trees are uniquely adapted to handle fire, while others actually thrive after a blaze. Dr. Thompson is a Forest Fire Research Scientist with Natural Resources Canada. He says that in as few as twelve years the forest could look normal to the casual observer.