Sequoias
Leaders stand tall (Click here for part one)

This is an excerpt from Life' Leadership Lessons.

Defying logic

One of the greatest dangers to a forest is fire.  A single forest fire can be
responsible for wiping out hundreds of square acres of vegetation.  Forest
fires will typically leave nothing but destruction and charred remains in their
aftermath.

In virtually every forest, fires are seen as a catastrophic event with horrible
repercussions.

This is not true in Sequoia National Forest.

The only way the Sequoia can reproduce is when there IS a fire.

The Sequoia’s fertile seeds will remain and the bark until set free by a forest
fire.  As the fire moves through the Sequoia habitat, the fire heats up the
trunks of the mighty tree.  

The tree itself will not burn in the fire as the bark is not flammable.  Eventually
the bark will become hot enough to release the seed, which will fall to the
ground where it will be implanted in the fertile post-fire ashes and begin its
multi-millennial life.

It is breathtaking to sit on the ground at the base of one of these gigantic
trees.  The mature sequoias tower into the sky as if reaching into the
heavens.  Despite the trees’ massiveness, rays of sunshine stream through
the trees on a journey to the floor of the forest where they will, along with
periodic rain, provide nutrients to the rapidly growing seedlings -- and to the
undergrowth that will be fuel for a future fire!

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