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News.bytes Extra, issue 473

Scouts and supporters plant seedlings during Scouting for Trees Project

A crowd of more than 600 adults and children -- boy scouts, girl scouts, family members and volunteers --  pitched in to improve habitat in the Iron Mountain area of west Redding March 5, when they participated in the annual Scouting for Trees Project.

Braving soggy weather and working in small teams, the scouts and their adult helpers planted more than 6,000 ponderosa pine seedlings.  The work is part of a long-term effort to restore a pine-oak forest in an area that was heavily impacted by historic copper smelting operations. (text continues below)

a father helps his young son plant a seedling
A volunteer planter helps two young partners properly plant a seedling...

...after joining a large crowd of scouts and their adult helpers that gathered for instructions.a large crowd gathers

Redding BLM Field Manager Steve Anderson surveys the scene.
a man stands on a higher point among a crowd

Working in teams of two, the tree planters work in an area showing the effects of historic copper smelting.
a father helps his young charge plant a seedling

This year's project was a true multi-agency effort.  It was coordinated by the Shasta Trinity National Forest on Bureau of Reclamation land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

- Photos by Sara Copp, BLM Redding Field Office

- Jeff Fontana, Public Affairs Officer, BLM Northern California District, 3/23/11

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Last updated: 03-24-2011