The Bass Lake Ranger District is set to begin its 2018 reforestation program with Forest Service crews planting approximately 350 acres focusing on the areas of the 2014 French and Courtney Fires over the next two months.
About 250 to 320 seedlings per acre will be planted, totaling up to 100,000 on the district during this period. Openings will be planted with a mixture of ponderosa pine, incense cedar and sugar pine trees.
Foothill residents in the North Fork/Oakhurst/Mariposa area are welcome to participate in the spring planting program, by planting ponderosa pine seedlings on their property. The Bass Lake Ranger District North Fork office has bare root one-year old ponderosa pine seedlings available for the next two weeks at no charge to the public.
These seedlings are excess to the district reforestation program this year, and the amount available is usually several hundred. Persons wishing to adopt seedlings may obtain 5 to 10 at a time from the Sierra National Forest’s Bass Lake Ranger District office in North Fork, 57003 Road 225. The office is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
“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. “The public has been very supportive of this program in the past, to add trees or to replace ones that have died, people are passionate about their forest.”
To minimize moisture and heat stress, seedlings should be transported in an ice chest with the roots covered with a moist towel and planted the same day, when possible. Instructions on how to plant the seedlings will be included during pick up. These seedlings are meant to be planted on private property.
Seedlings are grown from seed picked a number of years in advance by the Forest Service, and stored at Forest Service nurseries.
In order to accomplish large reforestation objectives, seedlings are ordered one to two years in advance of planting. Many of the trees being planted were grown at the Placerville nursery. The blister rust resistant sugar pine being planted is grown as one-year old containerized stock. These seedlings are grown in tubes in green houses.
Details: (559) 877-2218.