What Would Fire Do?
What would fire do?
~burn that sh*t off!
It is a common misconception that mosses & lichens are a beneficial mutualism that is “natural”. While it is true that these organisms are naturally occurring, they have been left without any fire disturbance for far too long. Without fire or tending, mosses will colonize the tree bark and excrete acids that acidify the external tissue of the tree and begin breaking it down into soil.
This diminishes the immunity of the tree, cracks the bark, and allows for pathogens including fungus, bacteria and insects to enter those cracks and infect the living tissue. It is necessary to burn and then scrub the mosses off to prevent further acidification/decomposition of the tree bark.