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Reforestation begins on private lands burned in Clearwater Complex Fire

Project targets non-industrial private lands

Reforestation efforts are under way on private lands in the Kamiah area that were burned during the 2015 Clearwater Complex Fire.

Credit: Idaho Department of Lands
Reforestation efforts are under way on private lands in the Kamiah area that were burned during the 2015 Clearwater Complex Fire.



— As soil temperatures rise and snow melts, reforestation efforts are under way on private lands burned in the 2015 Clearwater Complex Fire.

The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) in partnership with the Idaho County Soil and Water Conservation District (ISWCD) is leading the tree replanting effort.

According to an IDL release, approximately 27,000 Ponderosa pine seedlings were just planted on 90 acres of private land in the Lolo Creek drainage. The seedlings are part of a larger project that will bring more than 130,000 seedlings to private forest lands hardest hit by the 2015 catastrophic fires in the Clearwater basin.

The project targets non-industrial private lands that are at extreme risk of landslides, insect and disease outbreaks, and weed invasions post-fire. The project will contribute to restoring a more resilient forested landscape across the Clearwater River drainage, complementing recovery plans and restoration work on adjacent federal and State lands.

Project activities are funded by the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.

Approximately 66,284 acres were consumed in the complex that blew up during an Aug. 14, 2015, red flag event in the Kamiah area, resulting in the loss of one life, and more than 62 homes and additional outbuildings.



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