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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?

Brass compass which belonged to Dr. Whitman

In the fall of 1842 Dr. Whitman decided to travel from Waiilatpu to Boston. He wanted to convince the board members to keep his mission station open. Dr. Whitman was in such a hurry when he left that he forgot his compass.