Plumas National Forest
Note: By the end of April 2011 the reforestation in Plumas National Forest will be continued. Meanwhile, we are waiting on available forests from the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Forest Service to continue the “My blog is carbon neutral”-program.
The magnificence of Plumas National Forest spans more than 1 million acres of California in the northern Sierra Nevada. Its fresh air and majestic views draw urban and rural visitors seeking nature’s serenity. Natural beauty typifies the forest, filled with alpine lakes, towering firs and cedars, and wildlife. Its million acres host both mountain and basin and offer an abundance of opportunities to man and beast.
A series of lightning strikes triggered the Antelope Complex Fire on July 5, 2007, which burned nearly 23,000 acres of Plumas’ timber in less than a week. The Moonlight Fire struck just two months later, devastating an additional 65,000 forest acres and requiring more than three weeks to contain.
In 2010, the Arbor Day Foundation and its partners provided more than 600,000 seedlings for a 4,000- acre area that was in dire need of replanting. The diversity of native species included: Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, Douglass fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, white fir, and red fir, which were mixed throughout the project at an average of 100-125 seedlings per acre. The seedlings were stored at the nursery in huge cold rooms until they were called for by the District planting staff. The trees were then hand planted in steep terrain with a traditional hoedad, which is similar to a pick but with a wider blade.
This spring planting commenced in mid April, 2010, but instead of the anticipated two to three week effort, multiple rain and snow delays pushed completion into June, 2010. “The rain and snow were actually a mixed blessing” commented Forest Silviculturist Bill Smith, “as it confounded efforts to get the planting done but the additional precipitation was especially good on freshly planted seedlings as it improved early growth.”
The entire 2010 / 2011 project area surrounds Antelope Lake, which is between Susanville and Quincy, California, and a critical water resource for the region. The Forest anticipates good growth after the wet spring and appreciates all the support from the Arbor Day Foundation members and partners to bring life back to the Plumas National Forest.