Two NM forests reseeded after fires
Posted at: 07/29/2012 3:38 PM
By: Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Loads of grass seeds and straw mulch are being scattered by helicopters in a hurried revegetation effort in portions of the Gila and Lincoln national forests that were blackened by wildfires earlier this summer.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Forest Service officials hope that the areas most susceptible to heavy erosion will sprout new grass in a bid to reduce the risk of downstream flooding.
The $13.2 million rehabilitation effort in the Gila included the aerial seeding of 26,200 acres of severely burned land, designed to stabilize soil in certain watersheds. Also, a contractor is in the process of spreading a weed-free mix of grass seed over 19,211 acres of the Lincoln, along with a straw mulch to coat about 10,241 acres.