Mike Waddington, an ecohydrologist and professor in the department of geography and earth sciences at McMaster University, has spent nearly 20 years studying the functional processes of wetlands and watershed ecosystems. Now, Waddington is embarking on research to determine whether restoration can help prevent fires such as one that smoldered for weeks last year in the Wainfleet Bog in Ontario, Canada. "Unlike a forest fire, which is usually restricted to the forest canopy and has a limited fuel source, peat moss can burn deep down into the peat," Waddington said. "It's more expensive and more time consuming to extinguish, and the air quality can become quite poor."
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