A storm system will begin to impact Southern Colorado by late Friday morning. Mountain locations will simply see snow, but lower elevations will see rain eventually change to snow by later Friday afternoon. Locations that are higher in elevation will see the heaviest snow, due to them seeing cooler temperatures. So, Teller County, far northwest El Paso County, and the Wet & Sangre de Cristo Mountains will likely see several inches of wet snow. The major cities will see far less amounts and the storm will exit toward early Saturday morning.
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.