Gallatin National Forest: Post-Fire Reforestation
1.8 million acres | Located in south-central Montana
With its snow-covered mountain peaks and internationally known “blue ribbon” trout streams, the Gallatin National Forest is a popular recreation area in Montana's Northern Rockies. Part of the Greater Yellowstone Area, the forest spans six mountain ranges and includes two designated Wilderness Areas in southwest Montana. Among the wildlife making their homes in Gallatin are grizzly bears, gray wolf, Bald Eagles, and the Canada lynx.
Need for Trees
During the summer of 2006, the massive Derby Fire in 2006 burned more than 247,000 acres of Gallatin National Forest, leaving no trees as seed sources for natural regeneration in many areas. Without replanting, these areas will not regenerate for many decades, leaving many species of wildlife without sufficient habitat and marring the beauty of this majestic forest. Selected areas will be planted mostly with Ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and lodgepole pine to help restore the forest while stabilizing soil, protecting critical watersheds, and recreating vital wildlife habitat.
Planting and Impact
For this project, 14,350 pines will be planted in June of 2007. This planting project will restore damage done by the Derby Fire and other recent wildfires.