Up Top Fire Reforestation #2
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About the Up Top Fire ReLeaf Project:
American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 300 acres of Bitterroot National Forest with more than 71,000 lodgepole pine to continue reforesting a popular recreation area affected by a 2011 wildfire.
Global ReLeaf supports the restoration work that forests like this — and the communities that depend on them — need in order to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting nearly 50 million trees in the process.
Bitterroot National Forest, Mont. and Idaho
Key ReLeaf Activities:
- Planting more than 71,000 trees across 300 acres
- Reforesting an ecosystem damaged by wildfire
- Restoring a unique recreation area
Why This ReLeaf Project?
In 2011, the Up Top Fire burned across 13,286 acres of Bitterroot National Forest. The Up Top Fire was actually one of a series of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes, but it consumed the most acreage. Damage included the historic Gird Point Lookout and surrounding hiking and biking trails.
Half of the 1.8 million-acre Bitterroot National Forest is pristine wilderness, the largest continuous expanse in the lower 48 states. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife, including mule and whitetail deer, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, black bear, mountain lion and moose.
Why Gird Point Lookout?
Sitting eight feet off the ground at 7,702 feet elevation, the historic Gird Point Lookout offers a panoramic view of the Sapphire, Bitterroot and Anaconda Pintler mountain ranges. The cabin was originally built as an observation point for fires in the Hamilton/Skalkaho area of the forest, and in 2001, the U.S. Forest Service restored the cabin, creating a unique camping and recreation experience for Bitterroot’s visitors.