After the large fires of 2000, the Kootenai National Forest experienced a significant increase in Douglas-fir beetle, not only within fire areas but across the forest. This epidemic is on-going and continues to kill Douglas-fir trees. Planting ponderosa pine in place of the dying Douglas-fir will restore a species that was once dominant on this site. The Forest Service partnered with American Forests to plant 5,040 ponderosa pine across 48 acres. Ponderosa pine is historically a dominant species on this site, is more resilient to drought and disease and is favored by wildlife as habitat in the region.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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