Name of Project: Tree Planting, UM Pass, Niotche, Solomon Basin Fire, and Circleville Mountain
Number of Trees to be Planted: 44,000
Directly Benefits: Outdoor recreationalists, forest wildlife
· Reforest 480 acres· Preserve habitat for elk, deer, black bear, cougar, moose, wild turkey, and mountain goats· Restore areas damaged by the spruce beetle
American Forests is partnering the USDA Forest Service to reforest part of the Fishlake National Forest. Fishlake was established in 1907, and gets its namesake from the largest freshwater mountain lake in the state of Utah. People come to the area to enjoy fishing and bird watching.
Recently, however, the spruce beetle has damaged tracts of the forest surrounding Fishlake. The beetles bore holes into tree trunks, ultimately leading to the tree’s death. Although the beetles are native to the area, and therefore an important part of the ecosystem, their numbers have been increasing due to global climate change.This project will plant Engelmann spruce, Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine in the damaged areas with help from volunteers. Students from local elementary schools will assist with the tree planting as part of an environmental education day.
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