North Kaibab receives grant for replanting

FREDONIA, Ariz. - The North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has received a $40,000 grant to help replant ponderosa and other pine trees on the district as part of the Warm Fire Restoration Project.

North Kaibab Silviculturist Garry Domis said the money will be used to plant around 65,500 trees on 219 acres that were burned during the 2006 Warm Fire.

Replanting greatly accelerates the process of reforestation after a large fire, Domis said, a process that would take decades or longer to occur naturally.

"Reforestation is a tremendous benefit after a fire disturbance," Domis said. "You're establishing green forest and ponderosa pine which stabilizes the soils, creates important habitat for northern goshawk, stores carbon and produces oxygen, besides improving the scenic quality."

In the spring of 2008, the North Kaibab replanted 1,600 acres in the Warm Fire area and plans to plant another 900 acres in April of 2010.

Funding for the grant is provided by the Salt River Project Trees for Change program. Through Trees for Change, the Phoenix-based utility provides matching contributions for customer monetary donations. The donations were sent to the National Forest Foundation, the official non-profit partner of the USDA Forest Service, which decided to award the money to the North Kaibab replanting project.

For additional information, please contact Patrick Lair, Public Affairs Specialist (928) 643-8172.

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