Reforestation efforts for this project include areas burned in a massive wildfire complex. The 2008 Hells Half Fire Complex burned in the headwaters of the South Fork Trinity River watershed. The fires that made up this complex included the Panther, Ukonom, and Siskiyou fires. These burned across the Marble Mountain Wilderness and steep canyons that drop to the wild & scenic Salmon River, as well as scorching acres of sensitive high elevation forests, and drainages in two national forests. This project will ensure the return of a forested landscape across key watersheds in the heavily damaged Klamath Basin. Klamath Basin salmon runs have experienced large scale decline in recent years because of water diversions and hydroelectric projects upriver from the fires. Reforestation efforts will establish Brewer spruce and Port-Orford cedar, two important species that have been impacted across their ranges by recent large-scale wildfires.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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