As our 2016 American Forests conservation campaign comes to a close, we profile a powerful reforestation cause in the heavily burned areas our home state of Washington near Mt. Adams. Read more below. —LYA Editor
Location: Mt Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington
Named after the first director of the US Forest Service, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington covers 1.3 million acres in the southern part of the state. It is home to the famous Mt. St. Helens National Volcano Monument. But in the eastern part of the forest, the lesser-known Mt. Adams district includes the second-highest mountain in the state (behind Mount Rainier) and three substantial wilderness areas.
Fires struck the district in 2008, 2012, and 2015, which burned 77,000 acres in total. Of these, 10,200 acres burned intensely enough to be completely deforested, leaving them with little or no ability to naturally reseed. This project will plant 236,000 ponderosa pine, Western larch, Douglas fir, and rust resistant western white pine to 236 acres of the most severely burned areas.
The bulk of this planting will occur in places reserved for roadless areas and mature forest stands. That combination means that the trees planted here will most likely stand for generations, providing important carbon sequestration and watershed services, as well as prime habitat for the northern spotted owl.
Since partnering with the national nonprofit conservation organization 20 years ago, Eddie Bauer has helped plant more than 6.5 million trees. With the launch of The One Tree Initiative, Eddie Bauer pledges its continued support of American Forests’ mission to protect, restore and conserve threatened forest. Donate to the cause at AmericanForests.org.
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