Grass might not seem like a very sexy topic, Lisa-Natalie Anjozian admits, unlike the spotted owl or Pacific salmon that grabs attention and support for ecological restoration. She finds out the hard way—hiking up ridges and sliding down slopes to collect native seed for UC Berkeley in California’s golden Carmel Valley—we wouldn’t be where we are without it. This single story eBook was first published in the North American Review.
On a scorching day late in the season, Lisa-Natalie Anjozian rode into southern California’s chaparral-covered Cleveland National Forest with her mounted patrol partner. Not long after entering the wilderness, she saw what fire had done. In the black and ash, she also saw a man who could not have been there. It seemed the only thing fire had accomplished was devastation. But fire had more to reveal.