38,000 trees planted on northern half of the Shoshone National Forest

Over the course of five days, 38,000 two-year-old saplings have been planted in various areas on the northern half of the Shoshone National Forest. Spread out over five planting units, a combination of Douglas fir and Lodgepole pine were planted to assist restoration in the area of the Gunbarrel Fire along the North Fork corridor, rehabilitation of a portion of a closed road, reforestation of timber sale units along the Beartooth Highway, and visual improvement in the area of a gravel pit. The saplings were grown at a nursery in Nebraska from the seeds of cones collected at the same elevation band on the Shoshone National Forest in which they are now planted. [image: Picture 1.JPG] *Above photo: New saplings ready to be planted south of Pilot and Index Peaks. h/t Kristie Salzmann* Kristie Salzmann, Public Affairs Officer with the Shoshone National Forest, said, "A contracted crew from Medford, Oregon, along with Forest Service personnel, spent long hours to ensure these young trees have the best shot at survival." By placing these saplings at least five feet away from established trees and giving them shade to the south in the form of a “microsite," Shoshone National Forest personnel believe these saplings will do as well as the ones planted last year. [image: 0 (11).jpg] *Above photo: Evaluating the candle length of a now three-year-old tree planted last spring using proper micrositing. h/t Kristie Salzmann* *Feature photo: USFS Siviculturalist Tanner Shuler inspects a newly planted sapling to check root depth and the creation of a microsite by using a downed tree located to the south. h/t Kristie Salzmann / Pitchengine Communities* #reboot #news