Forest Service seeks public comment for Cranston Fire reforestation project

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SAN BERNARDINO – Officials with San Bernardino National Forest are seeking public comment by Thursday, July 23, for reforesting areas within the 2018 Cranston Fire footprint. Forest staff are proposing to plant hundreds of thousands of Coulter pine, Jeffrey pine and bigcone Douglas-fir tree seedlings to maintain a resilient genetic pool of alpine forest on approximately 741 acres of land where the fire burned at the highest intensities. By planting these trees, it will not only address forest fire recovery but reestablish cover for deer and other wildlife. Caused by arson, the Cranston Fire reached 13,139 acres and burned for approximately two weeks around Mountain Center, Idyllwild and Lake Hemet within the San Jacinto Ranger District. Planting is expected to begin winter 2
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