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US Forest Service Reforestation Efforts a Win-Win for Healthy Forests

Every year across the country, the U.S. Forest Service plants trees on thousands of acres of land. These efforts help to restore valuable ecosystems and helping to combat the effects of climate change.

“Planting trees is a win-win investment,” said Dave Cleaves, Climate Change Advisor for the Forest Service. “Not only do trees store carbon, making them one of our most effective tools for climate change mitigation, they provide many other benefits – from watershed protection, to wildlife habitat, to shading houses and reducing cooling costs.”

In the U.S., reforestation efforts are taking place across the country from Maine to Hawaii. Some examples include areas in California where fires burned hundreds of thousands of acres including the La Brea and Station Fires and the bark beetle-killed forests in the Rocky Mountains.

 In the U.S., reforestation efforts are taking place across the country from Maine to Hawaii.

In the U.S., reforestation efforts are taking place across the country from Maine to Hawaii.

Because of the difficulty of reforesting large, inaccessible regions, the Forest Service has developed innovative ways to plant in these hard-to-reach areas. One such unique planting technique is to drop thousands of seedlings from airplanes using weighted arrow-like tips that plunge the young trees into the ground on steep, inaccessible slopes.

“Reforesting areas where trees have been killed by fire, drought, or insects is an investment in the future,” said Cleaves.”And focusing on the future is an integral part of the Forest Service mission.

3 Responses to “US Forest Service Reforestation Efforts a Win-Win for Healthy Forests”

  1. Alan Thomas says:

    I have 16 acres in Gilcrist county Florida that I need to have planted in Pines. Minor land clearing required. Who do I contact for assistance?
    Alan

  2. Rebecca [USDA Moderator] says:

    Dear Mr. Thomas,

    Thank you for the request for assistance that you recently posted on the USDA Blog. I understand that you have 16 acres of land in Gilchrist County, Florida on which you would like to establish and grow southern pines, following some minor land-clearing work. As a Forest Ecologist who has worked in the forests of Florida since 1990, I can assure you that many lands in that locale are well suited for pine management, especially for the principal native species, longleaf pine and slash pine. Such a forest will provide you with a number of future benefits, including production of timber, good wildlife habitat and numerous ecological services.

    Public sector assistance is available to private landowners through three primary sources: federal agencies, state agencies and the cooperative extension agents hosted by land-grant universities. I will follow up with you directly to provide contact information to get you started.

    Thank you,

    Dale G. Brockway, Ph.D.
    Research Ecologist

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