Sequoia Nationwide Forest has introduced the McNally Ecological Reforestation Venture for the burned areas inside the outdated 2002 McNally fireplace footprint.

The McNally Fireplace, brought on by an deserted campfire, burned greater than 150,000 acres within the Sequoia and Inyo Nationwide Forests from July 21 to August 29, 2002. The proposed McNally reforestation venture covers 700 acres within the Kern River Ranger District.

Ecosystem contributor Gretchen Fitzgerald defined the venture is a partnership with American Forest and CAL FIRE that goals to create openings for planting by shrub chewing and guide elimination, and to reforest areas the place pure regeneration has not occurred.

“The proposed measure is important to revive forest situations and habitat within the outdated burned space. Shrub management by chewing, guide elimination and reforestation would assist restore applicable forest situations that present habitat for wildlife and enhance habitat connectivity.”

The objective of the venture is to replant roughly 700 acres inside the burned footprint, enhance the forest’s resilience to pure disturbances, and enhance wildlife habitat. If authorized, web site preparation is anticipated to start in summer time 2023, adopted by planting in spring 2024.