By Bill Kleiman
In a closed canopy oak woods we have been doing annual fire for a long time. The Rubus allegheniensis, common blackberry is slowly fading in stature and density, while the wild geranium, G maculatum, has become abundant. This is what I think I see. I don’t have data to prove it.
The invasive honeysuckle shrubs in this woods also keep re-sprouting after our fires. Those plants are still there, but smaller in size, and not big enough to flower and then seed.
The fires top kill the woody stems of the briars which yields more sunlight to the herbaceous plants of geraniums, and other forbs, sedges and grasses.