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Mt. St. Helens' Bad Grass


After the eruption of Mount St. Helens, non-native grass was planted to prevent erosion. Scientists worry that seeding was a mistake, as erosion could have actually aided the recovery process, uncovering native species that survived the blast. A once in a life time opportunity to study the process of natural restoration, Scientists fear that human intervention has forever altered the face of Mount St. Helens’ recovering ecosystem.

First Broadcast: 1992

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Oregon Field Guide: Episode #312