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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grass Fires in Western Guanacaste Offer a Fresh Start for the Jungle. 

Guanacaste Costa Rica is a province for the active soul. Guanacaste Vacation has been called Wild West of Costa Rica. The name Guanacaste came from a local word, quahnacaztlan that means place near the ear trees. To the west of Guanacaste is comprise of a huge alluvial plain of seasonally dry gentle hills broadening to the north and is controlled by the ranches of giant cattle mixed together with the smaller pockets of cultivation. The coast of the area is indented with peninsulas, bays, and warm golden beaches that are called the most beautiful beaches in the whole country. The region draws its tourists with its stunning snorkeling, superb surfing, and excellent lake windsurfing. It is easy to see why so many tourists prefer Guanacaste Holiday ; it is actually because there are that many things to do in the extraordinary province. Guanacastes history goes back when the tropical environment gave a home to the 1 or 2 native groups. Guanacaste is an area of tropical forests, never-ending beaches, enormous pasturelands, and a rich of cultural and archaeological history. The commercial activity of almost all of the tribes was agriculture and corn was their main crop. Thanks to the dry season, fire works particularly well as a land clearing tool and almost all of the original forests have for some time been removed for agricultural activities like cattle ranching.

The source of fire would be lightning. Some people in Guanacaste use fire to clean the pasture. The subjects of Guanacaste burn the pastures so as to clear out early forest successful growth and then attract new pasture grass to sprout to feed the hungry livestock. Humans are the reason for fires during the dry season in Area de Conservacin Guanacaste and its surrounding agroscape. Grass invasion following a fire creates more fuel to the following fire. The aim of the fire programme of ACG is to dump all fires so that the forest will occupy the old fields and pastures so as to restore the dry forest. Fires have been eliminated through twenty four hour observation for fires from lookout stations during fire season having tools and autos to eradicate a just set fire.

Roughly 70,000 hectares of traditional pastures and fields are now covered with regenerating dry forest with all animal populations all recovering from fire. Fire plays an important role in maintaining the savanna landscape. Also , fires have been chosen for fire resistance in the savanna flora. In the meantime, fire played a role in the ecology of the tropical savanna. People started to intentionally set the fire to the savanna which helped in the maintenance and spreading of the savanna. Burning pastures cuts into the forest and allows the pasture grasses to move farther into the forest. After the fire burns, the pasture and forest vegetation to the ground, the African grass then takes over and cattle are allowed to graze it. Among the keys to the rebirth of the jungles and forests of Guanacaste had been the performed fire fighting. The main weapons were the early detection and the counter-attack.

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