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Public comment sought on Las Conchas project

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The public is being invited to comment on a proposal to reforest approximately 1,800 to 2,510 acres of national forest system lands that were burned during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire on the Jemez and Española Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest.

The purpose of this project is to reestablish forest cover to areas severely damaged by the Las Conchas fire.

This spring, approximately 425,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas Fir seedlings will be planted on 1,800 to 2,510 acres of land within the Las Conchas Fire perimeter located in the Jemez Mountains west and southwest of Los Alamos.

Most of the project area is located on the Jemez Ranger District and a small portion, less than 10 percent, on the Española Ranger District. The trees will be planted with hand tools. Ponderosa pine will be planted at 222 trees per acre and Douglas Fir at 302 trees per acre.

This project is categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Areas more prone to regrowth with easy access were chosen for this project. Additional environmental analysis will occur in the future, as they continue to assess the burned area for more reforestation opportunities.


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