Beginning Tuesday, replanting on 81 acres burned in the 2011 Airport fire will be replanted by local, state and federal workers.
The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District, American Forests, Nevada Conservation Corps, and Alpine County are to reforesting areas burned by the fire. This 2011 fire burned 81 acres of BLM and Alpine County managed land located near the Indian Creek Recreation Area and Alpine County Airport.
Last fall, the BLM and Alpine County developed an agreement which allowed for consistent reforestation of the fire area across the two ownerships. The BLM will use federal fire rehabilitation funds to plant 30 acres, and the 51 acres in the Alpine County portion of the fire will be funded from American Forests’ Global ReLeaf, a Grant Program.
The planting of 25,000 Jeffrey pine seedlings will be completed by a Nevada Conservation Corps crew and is expected to take two weeks, weather permitting. The crew members are AmeriCorps volunteers engaged in national service to earn money for student loans or future coursework. For many of these volunteers, this will be their first large scale reforestation project.
This project uses funds and partners to insure the reforestation of this highly visible, economically important, and ecologically challenging site, officials said. An interpretive sign will be installed at the site this summer describing the efforts between these partners in creating this future forest.