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North Fork Scouts Plant Trees Near Bass Lake

North Fork Scouts at Bass Lake tree planting - photo courtesy Dave Smith

North Fork Scouts at Bass Lake tree planting – photo courtesy Dave Smith

Written by Dave Smith —

NORTH FORK — A prolonged drought not experienced in many decades has resulted in highly significant conifer and oak mortality.

Over the winter, in an effort to reduce hazards to the public, U. S. Forest Service crews felled dead conifers in the area around the Bass Lake boat ramp near the dam. Once these hazard trees were felled and the slash cleaned up, the area was ready for reforestation.

Isaiah Gibson with container sugar pine seedling - photo courtesy Dave Smith

Isaiah Gibson with container sugar pine seedling – photo courtesy Dave Smith

Ten Scouts and several adults from Troop 357, North Fork, spent Sunday afternoon, Apr. 24, planting ponderosa pine and sugar pine seedlings in the area near the boat ramp.

A total of 130 one year old seedlings were planted. One hundred bare root ponderosa pine and thirty containerized blister rust resistant sugar pine were planted over the course of the afternoon.

Larry Amerjan, Isaiah Gibson and Vernon Tallmon, Scalping planting spot - photo courtesy Dave Smith

Larry Amerjan, Isaiah Gibson and Vernon Tallmon, scalping planting spot – photo courtesy Dave Smith

Scouts received hands-on instruction in proper handling and planting of young seedlings from the troop adult leadership who have tree planting experience.

Planting areas were first scalped clear of competing vegetation, twigs, and dry soil using a McLeod. (The McLeod was originally invented by Malcom McLeod in 1905 on the Sierra National Forest).

Most planting holes were created utilizing a power auger. A planting bar was also used for planting some of the seedlings. Although not used on Sunday, Scouts received instruction in the use of a hoedad for tree planting.

Scout Jacob Wheeler plants a pine seedling near Bass Lake - photo courtesy Dave Smith

Scout Jacob Wheeler plants a pine seedling near Bass Lake – photo courtesy Dave Smith

Jeremiah Stott plants seeding - photo courtesy Dave Smith

Jeremiah Stott plants seeding – photo courtesy Dave Smith

Seedlings planted during the afternoon were ordered more than one year ago to be specifically grown by the U. S. Forest Service, Bass Lake Ranger District, for planting areas around the lake including the Courtney Fire and Forks Campground. Planting within the Courtney Fire and Forks Campground was completed by contract and U. S. Forest Service personnel prior to the Scouts planting on the 24th.

Bare root one-year-old Ponderosa Pine - photo by Dave SmithThe troop anticipates undertaking additional planting service projects in the spring of future years as hazard trees are removed and the ground becomes ready for reforestation.

Troop 357 meets at the Scout Building in North Fork on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm. Boys between the ages of 10 ½ and 17 are eligible to be a Scout. For more information, contact Dave Smith, Scoutmaster, at 877-2186.

North Fork Scout Troop 357 planting trees near Bass Lake - photo courtesy Dave Smith

Front (l to r): Kai Hansen, Jeremiah Stott, Baelin Peltier, Johnny Alsup, Jacob Wheeler, Larry Amerjan (Assistant Scoutmaster with auger), Chris Stuber sitting. Back (l to r): Tim O’Conner (ASM), Nick Roland, Steven Yockey, Isaiah Gibson, Hunter Ahrens, Dave Smith (Scoutmaster)

 

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