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PUBLISHED: 6:09 PM on Wednesday, April 9, 2008
1.7 million trees planned for nine western states
American Forests' Global ReLeaf Forests program will plant 1.7 million trees in nine western states in 2008, part of a total of nearly 4 million trees planned for the U.S. and abroad. The trees will be planted in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah.

Individuals and businesses can contribute to Global ReLeaf and plant trees for $1/each, through American Forests' website, www.americanforests.org or by calling 800/545-8733 (TREE).

• Alaska's Cape Chiniak Reforestation Effort will restore 2,600 acres that were harvested more than 10 years ago but have seen little natural regeneration. This is the second year of a five-year project; 120,000 Sitka spruce will be planted on 500 acres.

• In Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, 56,000 ponderosa pine will restore habitat lost in the Rodeo-Chediski Fire. And in Kaibab National Forest, ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir planted over 1,600 acres burned by the lightning-caused Warm Fire will establish habitat for the raptor and its prey species and create a seed source for natural species regeneration.

• A total of 11 projects will be planted in California, including 38,000 trees in Mendocino National Forest, which will restore critical habitat for steelhead and Coho salmon. Fifteen thousand trees will be planted on the South Fork of the American River Canyon, and 51,000 trees will be planted in the San Bernardino Mountains

• A June 2006 tornado near Bear, Idaho, damaged more than 4,000 acres of Payette National Forest. Planting 50,000 conifers there will restore the watershed and lower the risk of bark beetle damage. Canada lynx, gray wolf, and elk are among the animals benefiting from this project.

• Custer National Forest in Montana will plant more than 400,000 seedlings to speed recovery of forested habitat burned in a 2002 wildfire. Also in Montana, Kootenai National Forest will plant 52,000 native trees to improve species diversity, watershed recovery, and improved wildlife habitat.

• Pueblo of Sanrta Clara will plant 68,000 trees across this diverse landscape in partnership with American Forests, the Ohkay Owingeh tribe, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, La Calandria, New Mexico Environment Department, and Valles Caldera National Preserve.

• In Nevada, a parcel of formerly undeveloped land will blossom into a park with paths, an arboretum of trees and shrubs, a labyrinth, and a peace wheel. Friends of Elko Peace Park will plant and irrigate 350 trees.

• Two projects are planned in Oregon. Neotropical migrating birds will benefit from plantings along Yale Creek, a tributary of Little Applegate River that has been degraded by logging. This partnership with the Applegate River Watershed Council also will convert existing pastureland into oak woodlands. And in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, 33,000 trees will replace those burned in the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

• TreeUtah will use its Global ReLeaf grant to plant 7,520 native seedlings in an ongoing effort to restore and preserve migratory bird habitat along the Jordan River corridor. Thousands of volunteers already have planted more than 40,000 trees there.

American Forests' have a goal of 100 million trees planted by 2020.

Contact Michelle Robbins for more information, 202/737-1944 x203;mrobbins@amfor.org


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