Colorado

Apr 12, 2012 2:50 PM by Andy Koen

Forest Service nears 1 million tree mark in Hayman reforestation

Nearly a million trees have been planted as part of a large scale reforestation program in the decade following the state's largest wildfire. Work crews are planting approximately 150,000 Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir seedlings in a 1,100 acre section of the Hayman burn area of the Pike National Forest. A great deal of care is given to ensure the success of the program. The seedlings were grown from pine cones collected from other forest areas in Colorado. The seedlings are only planted during a two to three week period in early April to take advantage of optimal soil conditions.

Reforestation is a slow process. It can take between 50 and 75 years for the trees to fully mature. Around 70 percent of the earlier trees have survived. Most are now 1-2 feet tall. The Forest Service says survival rates have improved to around 85 percent for trees planted since 2009.

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