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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Before and After 2005 Prescribed Burn

The area just north of the parking lot was burned in 2005. At first the area looked like a war zone, but within just a few months glorious green appeared. Areas that have recently been burned often look greener than other parts of the park.

 
Area before burn is covered with dead, brown grass.
Before the burn.
NPS photo
 
Ground has been burned and is black.
March 2005, shortly after the burn.
NPS photo
 
Lush green grass covers the ground.
June 2005.
NPS photo

Did You Know?

picture of Great Basin Wild Rye Grass

Great Basin Wild Rye Grass is part of the natural landscape at Whitman Mission. The name Waiilatpu, meaning place of rye grass, was used by the people to name the mission site.