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by albert Merkel
on October 26, 2017 at 8:01 AM
I am a forester as well. In your article, you state that people should plant pines. This is somewhat a simple recommendation. California has a very complex pine genotype and is as you know one of the genetic nodes for evolving pine species. I suggest that you help people know that just planting pines is not the way to reforest. I expect that after the fires, natural regenerations will do most of the work anyway. But making the act of reforestation look like simply planting trees is not a sound recommendation. Where is the source of correct pine seedling varieties adapted to the many microhabitats prevalent in California? Where is the seed required for proper planting? Good luck in your work.
by Susie Kocher
on October 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM
Hello Al,  
Thanks for your comment. Yes, its definitely a bit more complicated than just planting pines. In the workshops we have covered information on natural regeneration, salvage logging, site prep and seed zones, including presentations by a USFS research geneticist. We also talked a little about seed zones and identified locations for buying new trees including the El Dorado County Resource Conservation District's seedling program Our workshops focused on tree mortality from bark beetle, and in this case there is typically already a lot of regeneration left. Post fire though, I have more concerns about regeneration especially in areas of high fire severity where no seed trees are left alive. Here are our recent recommendations for post-wildfire actions: Thanks, Susie
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