Plan Calls for Reforestation of NM Wildfire Scar

Nov 22, 2012

Forest officials are proposing to plant hundreds of thousands of seedlings as part of an effort to reforest areas charred by last year's Las Conchas blaze.

The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for public comments on its plan. The 30-day comment period starts Saturday.

The fire exploded across the southern edge of the Jemez Mountains on June 26, 2011, after being sparked by a falling power line.

It burned through hundreds of square miles of tinder dry forest, destroyed dozens of homes and threatened one of the nation's premier government laboratories.

Officials say they are choosing to focus on easily accessible areas that are more prone to regrowth.

Under the plan, 425,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas fir seedlings will be planted on 1,800 to 2,510 acres within the burn scar. The trees will be planted with hand tools.