The Horseshoe 2, Wallow and Monument Fires have burned almost 1 million acres of timberland in Arizona this year. Most of that acreage is public lands, and the U.S. Forest Service has already started efforts to rehabilitate it. A similar program is underway for the nearly 28,000 acres of private land that burned.
The Arizona Community Tree Council’s Trees For Arizona program is modeled on a similar one after the 2002 Rodeo-Chedeski fire. “Trees For The Rim” supervised over 200,000 plantings on private property, with nearly all surviving and flourishing.
The new program will include both replanting efforts and education. ACTC’s Conni Ingallina says they’ll work with homeowners on proper planting techniques and creating “fire-wise” space around houses.