Tree planting revives burn area at Vallecito

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Tree planting revives burn area at Vallecito

Forest Service project repairs deep scars from Missionary Ridge Fire
Gretchen Fitzgerald says the first year of a three-year reforestation program around Vallecito Reservoir was a success. The San Juan National Forest just finished the second year of planting ponderosa seedlings, which Fitzgerald is holding, and Douglas fir seedlings. When complete, the reforestation effort will cover 780 acres severely burned during 2002’s Missionary Ridge Fire.

Tree planting revives burn area at Vallecito

Gretchen Fitzgerald says the first year of a three-year reforestation program around Vallecito Reservoir was a success. The San Juan National Forest just finished the second year of planting ponderosa seedlings, which Fitzgerald is holding, and Douglas fir seedlings. When complete, the reforestation effort will cover 780 acres severely burned during 2002’s Missionary Ridge Fire.
If you go

Trails 2000 Vallecito planting day: 9 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Old Timers Campground on the southeast side of the reservoir. Volunteers should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes, a sun hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Tools, instruction and water will be provided.

To RSVP and for more information, visit www.trails2000.org/2016/04/treeplant.

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