Name of Project: Coeur d’Alene I&D/Campground Reforestation
Number of Trees to be Planted: 14,000
Directly Benefits: Campers in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest
American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to reforest an area within the Idaho Panhandle National Forest that has been damaged extensively by blister rust, a fungal disease that leads to tree death. Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), western white pine (Pinus monticola), sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana), whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), and limber pine (Pinus flexilis) are all affected by this disease.This project will plant western white pine and western larch which are relatively fast-growing trees. These species tend to be more wind-, insect-, and disease-resistant than the dead and at-risk trees they are replacing. The trees planted for this project will provide shade, shelter from rain, vegetative screening, tree diversity, soil stability, wildlife habitat, and beauty to the site far into the future. The reforestation area is located near the Coeur d’Alene River and will also contribute to protecting and restoring the watershed.
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