Federal law requires that seedlings have to be grown from seed
collected within the same elevation zone of the area where the fire
occurred to ensure the trees are best adapted to the area.
It takes two years from the time a seed is germinated before a
seedling is strong enough to transplant. Officials say there was
seed available that was last collected in the late 1980s and stored
at a Forest Service tree nursery in Nebraska.
Only a small percentage of the seed germinated due to its age,
but there are about 10-thousand seedlings waiting to be planted in
an area covering 100 acres.
Reforestation efforts are planned for one-thousand acres next
year, and efforts over the next several years are expected to take
about a quarter million new seedlings.