CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District will have bare root one-year-old ponderosa pine seedlings available for adoption to the residents in the North Fork/Oakhurst/Mariposa area.
Member of the public wishing to adopt seedlings may obtain five or more by visiting the Bass Lake District Office in North Fork. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30 p.m.
Contract and Forest Service crews have been working hard during March and April planting approximately 120 acres on the recent Carsten, Courtney and French fires. As many as 37,000 trees will be planted on the district during this period.
The new trees are meant to accelerate the reforestation process on the national forest and establish new plant communities that stabilize the soil and provide biodiversity, ultimately protecting the watershed.
“By extending this seedling planting program across property boundaries, we are assured the proper seed stock is planted in the area forests,” said Mike Nolen of the Bass Lake Ranger District.