FOE works to thin tree farm

The Friends of Eldorado National Forest continues mission of forest stewardship -- organization works with Forest Service to thin tree farm

On Saturday August 15th, the Friends of Eldorado National Forest worked alongside with the National Forest Service to thin out a 25 year old Sugar Pine Plantation. In 1984, nearly 2,000 sugar pines were planted in the Eldorado in order to study many different effects on trees. The planted trees were brought in from as far south as Mexico, and has far North as Washington in order to see how well the trees grew and survived in Eldorado National Forest.  After 25 years of growth, the plantation had never been thinned.

Sixteen members of the Friends of Eldorado worked alongside with Tim Howard, his forest service crew and the Institute of Forest Genetics to cut down over 300 trees, and limb another 300 more at eye level. Several members of the Friends of Eldorado obtained saw certification, which allowed them to work on this project.

In an effort to help out other organizations, the Friends of Eldorado set aside and limbed the downed trees for other projects in the forest. Organizations such as the Friends of the Rubicon will use these logs to build fence posts, rails, trail repair and for erosion control in the forest.

Pictures of this tree thinning project can be seen here:

On Public Lands Day, September 26th, the Friends of Eldorado will be working on route 9N22Y removing brush, downed logs and rocks in order to keep the route open to motorized vehicle traffic. The group will also be working to block a footpath to illegal motorized vehicle traffic.  The Friends of Eldorado still needs a large number of volunteers for this project. If you would like to help to keep a route open in the forest, please e-mail Kurt at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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