13 August, 2019
Photo courtesy U.S.F.S.
Ever wondered about our tree planting process?
Well, here you go!
After a wildfire in a National Forest, Forest Service experts inspect the area to determine if trees will grow back on their own or not.
To restore areas in desperate need of help, native species pinecones are gathered from areas with the same elevation and climate as the burned area.
Pinecones are shipped to a regional Forest Service nursery, where they dry and open.
Viable seeds are separated from the duds, and the good seeds are planted in high quality soil.
Baby trees grow in the nursery for over a year while Forest Service experts prepare the burned area and make sure it is safe for the workers and ready for planting.
The baby trees are shipped back to the forest for planting. They have a very high survival rate because they are genetically ready for the climate, altitude and soil conditions of the area.
The baby trees are planted at the optimum time of year, usually late Spring or early Summer. They grow and thrive and THANKS TO FOLKS LIKE YOU, a forest is restored.