Name of Project: Bugaboo Wildfire Rehabilitation
Number of Trees to be Planted: 700,000
Directly Benefits: Gopher tortoise
American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to replant an area of the Osceola National Forest. In 2007, the Bugaboo fire burned 306,984 acres in Georgia and Florida. This specific section of the property is newly acquired land that was formerly private industry timber lands used for pine plantations.
This project will plant longleaf pine, which will create potential habitat for the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), a threatened species. The tortoise’s population has greatly decreased due to habitat loss and humans using it for food.
Longleaf pine is the native species in this area as well as most of the southeast. This species is resistant to fire and is found to be well adapted to environmental changes caused by climate change.
This year’s project is part of a larger ongoing project. American Forests helped to support the efforts in 2009. So far, 2,300 acres of reforestation have been completed.
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