TNF needs to replant Gap Fire acres ASAP |

TNF needs to replant Gap Fire acres ASAP

The Union StaffAcres burned in the Gap Fire near Yuba Gap off of Interstate 80 will be replanted with conifer seedlings.
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Saying it’s necessary to proceed as quickly as possible, Tahoe National Forest plans to have seedlings planted on 150 acres burned in last summer’s 1,371-acre Gap Fire, which is visible from Interstate 80 near Yuba Gap.

The tree planting will go ahead prior to completion of environmental documentation for a proposal to salvage log 950 acres, mainly by helicopter.

“Reforestation of the burn should proceed as quickly as possible to enable seedlings to compete with vegetation,” wrote Nevada City District Ranger Vivian Kee in a memorandum.

The planting will be in accordance with the Sierra Nevada Framework, a recently approved management plan for all 11 Sierra national forests, Kee wrote.

A mixture of trees will be planted: Jeffrey, ponderosa and sugar pines; and Douglas and white firs. No pesticides will be used. Each seedling will have a time-release fertilizer packet to enhance its ability to compete with shrubs for the first two or three growing seasons.

Only 150 acres will be replanted due to limited seedling availability, Kee wrote.

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