Cuyamaca, West side trail has its own story to tell, still recovering from 2003 fire December 15, 2012 California

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Cuyamaca, West side trail has its own story to tell, still recovering from 2003 fire December 15, 2012 California, U-T San Diego
... The West Mesa area of Cuyamaca was studied from 2004-2009 for California State Parks to determine the repercussions of the largest wildfire in California’s recorded history. Some 98 percent of pine trees were killed, whereas most of the oak trees were killed only above ground, but resprouted from their bases....  mule deer in Cuyamaca “preferred California black oak acorns over any other forage.” Fawn survival rates tend to increase or decrease with the size of local black oak acorn crops... many deer tracks on the West Side Trail ...


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