Post-Fire Reforestation USA
Over 3.5 million trees planted.
Overview: Conifer forests in the American West are experiencing a novel disturbance regime – the occurrence of Mega-Fires. These wildfires consume more acres and are higher in severity than fires in the past. Over 20 million acres have burned in the last 10 years. Because these fires are so large, the potential for natural regeneration is often limited. In such cases, reforestation can help accelerate the rate of recovery of these forests – helping to rebuild biodiversity, wildlife corridors, and reduce erosion that negatively impacts streams and rivers.
We work with private landowners, tribal land managers, and State and Federal public land management agencies to restore forests. This has included projects in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Our staff, with family ties throughout the region, is passionate about helping the land and the people that value that land.
While wildfire certainly has negative impacts on the emotional state of the people that it affects, we believe that these events also have potential to bring people together and promote a regional conservation ethos. We have brought thousands of youth, adult volunteers, and community groups to participate in tree planting. Through greater participation in restoring our forests, we are hopeful that we can promote land management approaches that result in healthier forests in the future and limit the re-occurrence of wildfire.