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Eddie Bauer Backs American Forests Conservation in the Southwest for Earth Day
Posted on April 14, 2015

Valles Caldera, NM, a protected, historic 89,000-acre ranch in the Jemez Mountains bathed in dramatic southwest light. Photo: Larry Lamsa

In anticipation of Earth Week, we are celebrating Eddie Bauer’s 20-year partnership with American Forests for the next seven days on the Live Your Adventure blog. In the past two decades, this partnership between our brand, our customers, and the longest-standing conservation nonprofit on American soil has resulted in the replanting of more than 6.5 million trees in 150 unique ecosystems. By any conservation measure, that is a lot of trees in a lot of stunning places.

For 2015, we’ve picked 18 primary American Forests reforestation and recovery projects in geographic locations that are near and dear to the hearts of our brand, as well as our team of guides and athletes. Today, we are revealing two we’ve selected in the Southwest. The first is a stunning location near the Taos, New Mexico, home of Eddie Bauer guide Dave Hahn, a famous resident of that state who guided the former governor of New Mexico up Mt. Everest. The second is a Utah expanse in close proximity to Mason Earle’s Moonlight Buttress mission, and not far from where he parks his Sprinter van in Moab, Utah, for months at a time to work on projects such as his recent Bartlett Wash climb. —LYA Editor

Project Profile: Valles Caldera National Preserve ReLeaf Program

Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM

 

The Valles Caldera zone, in what remains in trust as a working ecological ranch, before the fire. Photo: Wild Earth Guardians

Summary:

The 2011 Las Conchas Fire and 2013 Thompson Ridge Fire burned 53,853 acres within the Valles Caldera National Preserve. While these fires had a beneficial impact on the ecosystem throughout most of the area, 8,916 acres experienced such high-intensity fire—on areas with such steep slopes—that severe soil erosion has led to increased sedimentation, negatively impacting water quality. This project is planting a variety of species, including ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, southern white pine, aspen, coyote willow, narrowleaf cottonwood and more, in these areas to decrease soil erosion and improve water quality. In addition, the project is helping Jemez Mountain forests impacted by the fire adapt to climate change by collecting seeds from existing ponderosa and mixed conifer trees located in lower elevations within the Valles Caldera National Preserve and Santa Fe National Forest, and planting future seedling species at higher elevations.

Valles Caldera National Preserve, the site of a former ranch located inside a caldera, has experienced years of overgrazing, creating sediment loss and destabilized stream banks along the preserve’s riparian areas. The area’s recent high-intensity wildfire further compromised the preserve’s soil and vegetation. Through tree planting, this project is stabilizing Valles Caldera’s soil. In addition, the preserve is a well-established wildlife habitat. A herd of 2,500-plus elk makes its home in Valles Caldera, as do golden eagles, coyotes, black bears, bobcats and wild turkeys.

American Forests and WildEarth Guardians are continuing a partnership, reforesting 1,000 acres of New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve with 50,000 trees to restore riparian areas damaged by wildfire and help an ecosystem adapt to climate change.

The Valles Caldera historic ranch lands after forest restoration and climate adaptation. Photo: WildEarth Guardians

Project Profile: Shingle Fire Project

Location: Dixie National Forest, Utah

 

Ponderosa Point and a view of hoodoos and the Dixie National Forest, a tract that occupies nearly two million acres in a 170-miles stretch of Southern Utah. Photo: Mark Stevens

Summary:

The 2012 Shingle Fire burned approximately 8,000 acres in the Cedar City District of Utah’s Dixie National Forest. The planting area is home to the goshawk, a medium-sized bird of prey, and has also been a popular recreational destination for surrounding communities. Additionally, tree loss has negatively impacted soil conditions, causing erosion and destabilization. Much of the project area contains steep slopes with erosive soils, putting it at risk for flash floods and potentially damaging landslides. In addition to planting trees where feasible, the plan calls for other soil stabilization activities.

American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 500 acres in the Cedar City District of Utah’s Dixie National Forest with 50,000 ponderosa pine to help restore areas burned by the 2012 Shingle Fire.

Global ReLeaf supports the restoration work that forests like the above geographic areas—and the communities that depend on them—need in order to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting nearly 50 million trees in the process. To learn more about Eddie Bauer’s 20-year partnership with Global ReLeaf or to donate to the cause, visit eddiebauer.com.

 

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