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Five NFF Reforestation Projects of 2015

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2015 was a big year for the NFF’s Trees for US program. With the help of our corporate partners, small business partners and generous individuals that contributed to our program, we planted an incredible 1.5 million trees across our National Forests. The following list is just a small sample of projects the NFF supported in 2015.

Schultz Fire Reforestation

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Photo by U.S. Forest Service

Shortly after the Schultz Fire died out, the U.S. Forest Service quickly made plans for reforesting the site. The fire, which burned more than 12,000 acres, left very few live trees and little hope for a quick recovery. Working together with the Coconino National Forest, we planted 60,000 Ponderosa pine trees on areas most affected by the Schultz Fire. This was our third year supporting this project, made possible by a long-standing partnership with the Salt River Project.

Blowdown Reforestation

Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota

The Chippewa National Forest saw a raging windstorm in July of 2012. Following the storm, the Forest Service discovered the wind leveled approximately 10,000 acres of mature. To add insult to injury, the area affected by the windstorm was important habitat for nesting bald eagles. The NFF partnered with the Chippewa National Forest to plant 250,000 native tree seedlings throughout the area damaged by the blowdown event. Thanks to generous support from Caudalie as well as many individuals and small business partners, the Chippewa will recover faster.

Mustang Fire Reforestation

Bitterroot National Forest, Montana

Photo by U.S. Forest Service

The Mustang Fire burned more than 92,000 acres of the Bitterroot National Forest in 2012. As an area that is important to both recreation and wildlife populations, its restoration was a priority of the Forest Service. To jumpstart restoration, the NFF worked with the Forest Service to plant 87,000 native tree seedlings. This project was funded with support from hundreds of individual donations and donations from small business partners.

Aspen Fire Reforestation

Sierra National Forest, California

Photo by U.S. Forest Service

During the summer of 2013, the Aspen Fire raged across 22,800 acres of mixed timber and chaparral on the Sierra National Forest. Before the fire, this portion of the Forest supported habitat for the threatened spotted owl and pacific fisher. After extinguishing the Fire, the Forest Service quickly made plans for addressing the reforestation need. With a generous contribution from Lands’ End, we planted an incredible 197,000 seedlings across the project area.

Crescent Forest Resiliency Restoration

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

The Deschutes National Forest sprawls across 1.8 million acres of the eastern Cascade mountain range in Oregon. The Deschutes also provides important habitat for the northern spotted owl and near endless recreational opportunities. While many parts of the Forest were once dominated by mature and diverse forest types, some portions of the forest have become overwhelmingly dominated by lodgepole pine. To increase forest resiliency, the Deschutes National Forest planted 108,000 native seedlings of a diverse species mix across the Crescent Ranger District. This project was made possible through the NFF’s partnership with Boxed Water.

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