Forest Service to plant trees in Las Conchas burn scar

Posted at: 03/06/2013 10:36 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has plans to plant trees this spring in an area burned by the 2011 Las Conchas blaze.

Forest officials say the exact dates depend on weather, soil moisture and temperatures, but they're aiming for the middle of April for volunteers to help with the tree planting effort.

They say a 56-acre area at the base of Pajarito Ski Hill will be planted with Douglas Fir trees.

The effort will be part of a larger planting initiative that will cover about 2,000 acres and involve almost 500,000 trees.

The trees were ordered the fall of 2011 following the Las Conchas fire. Local seed stock was germinated the following spring and now the trees are about a year old and ready to be planting.

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