Six Rivers National Forest: Post-Fire Restoration
957,590 acres | Located in northwestern California
Six Rivers National Forest lies west of Redwood State and National Parks in northwestern California, and stretches southward from the Oregon border for about 140 miles. The six rivers for which the forest is named — the Smith, Klamath, Eel, Trinity, Van Duzen and Mad — support exciting recreation activities, such as kayaking and whitewater rafting, and large populations of Chinook and Coho Salmon and steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout for some of the best fishing in the world.
Need for Trees
The Sims Fire began in old growth timber on July 28, 2004, and burned 4,030 acres of Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests. Once the fire was contained, forest personnel began the battle against erosion and damage to the South Fork Lower Trinity River and other nearby tributaries that threatened watersheds and habitat for steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and the endangered Coho Salmon.
Planting and Impact
This Sims Reforestation planting project will plant Douglas fir and ponderosa pine on 298 acres that were burned in the Sims Fire.
The planting will accelerate development in areas where much old growth was lost and regeneration and regrowth has been slow. The trees planted during this project will help stabilize soil and protect domestic water sources while recreating wildlife habitat and food sources.