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Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 Yosemite Valley became a national protected park because the government wanted to preserve Yosemites unique ecosystem especially its giant Sequoias which were in danger of deforestation due to the rapid growth in human population For that reason the government signed a policy to protect Yosemite and gave it to the state of California for recreation and public use The park suffers from naturally occurring wildfires the fires can be sparked naturally by lightning earthquakes the friction between two tectonic plates can generate enough heat to light up the forests magnified sunlight through the trees resin or even meteoroids in some cases The fire can also be started by humans mismanaged forests and increase in human activities such as hunting and camping The fire is then fueled by the dry and arid weather conditions of California overgrown bushes and rough terrains In other words wildfires have been part of Yosemites ecosystem since its existence Wildfires are essential to the ecosystem of Yosemite and should not be suppressed because total suppression of wildfire can only harm the ecosystem of YosemiteIn fact trees of Yosemite have evolved with fire Trees like Bishop Pine and Sequoias have evolved in such a way that their seed would only open if they are heavily heated The fire also helps clear out dead leaves and weed and make the sunlight accessible to new plants in order to increase their chances to germinate Heat from the fire opens their pine cones allowing them to release and disperse the seeds and the fire itself clears shade providing light for these seeds to grow MARDER Over millions of years plants have developed strategies to be successful in this type of environment For instance giant Sequoias have developed a thick layer of fire resistant bark Bark properties mainly thickness are usually presented as the main explanation for tree survival in intense fires GIGNOUX COLBERT and MENAUT Furthermore fire
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