Sunday, May 22, 2022

The fight to save New Mexico's mountain forests

Susan Montoya Bryan reports on efforts in New Mexico to come up with better ideas as to how to stop the annual wildfires in the mountains.
Priceless seeds, sprouts key to US West’s post-fire future
A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching.
Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless bank of millions of ponderosa pine, spruce and other conifer seeds meant to help restore fire-ravaged landscapes across the American West.
Next were tens of thousands of tree sprouts, many of which were sown to make them more drought tolerant, that were loaded onto trailers and trucked to a greenhouse about 100 miles (161 kilometers) away.
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