The Burn Canyon wildfire happened in 2002, it burned 33,000 acres and is the largest naturally-ignited fire in Colorado history. This will be the sixth year of planting in the 11,400 acre National Forest portion of the burn area. A group of interested citizens, assisted by Colorado State University, is engaged in community-based monitoring of burn recovery. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest will hand-plant over 150,000 seedlings grown from locally-collected, genetically-adapted seed which will shorten the length of the forest reestablishment period from two hundred years under natural conditions to about ten years.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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