Mill Creek Fire. Credit: Dan Leithauser

About the Mill Creek Fire ReLeaf Project:

American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 50 acres of Lolo National Forest with western larch, ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir to restore areas damaged by the Mill Creek Fire.

Global ReLeaf provides forests like this — and the communities that depend on them — with the restoration they need to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting more than 45 million trees in the process.

ReLeaf Location:

Lolo National Forest, MT

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 15,000 trees across 50 acres
  • Restoring an ecosystem damaged by wildfire

Why This ReLeaf Project?

The 2013 Mill Creek Fire damaged the project area, which was previously burned during the 2007 Black Cat Fire. Since that time, the area had been replanted and provided with animal damage protection. The project site was one growing season away from potential certification when the Mill Creek Fire burned through the area. The prescription is to plant approximately 303 seedlings per acre.


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