In 1996, the Forest Service acquired three separate parcels of land, approximately half of which is abandoned farm lands. These section of land are within the Wild and Scenic River System and line adjacent to the Skagit and Sauk Rivers. Following mechanical site preparation to reduce the grass competition, the Forest Service planted 17,750 trees during the spring of 1999. There are several management challenges in establishing tree cover on these land ares, such as grass and rodent competition and deer browsing. Application of big game repellent to the terminal leader of the trees, which has worked well in the past, was used to discourage the deer. Enhanced wildlife habitat will be the major benefit of this project.
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