USFS Proposes Forest-Wide Planting in Support of Pollinators and Traditional Uses

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Borderlands Restoration in Press

 

USFS hopes to install native plants at sites across the Coronado, like this one on private lands in the Chiricahua Mountains.

USFS hopes to install native plants at sites across the Coronado, like this one on private lands in the Chiricahua Mountains.

In September, the Coronado National Forest issued a scoping notice in support of a forest-wide project to

” (1) increase the availability of traditional use plants for utilization by the Native American Tribes that partner with the National Forest, and

(2) to protect and expand upon the availability of habitat for pollinators that increase the sustainability of our forests as well as much of the nation’s agricultural practices.”

The Forest Service in undergoing an extensive approval process for this project, based on regulations from the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).  If this project gets NEPA approval, it will allow the USFS to partner with the growing collaborative of restoration practioners in Southern Arizona, of which BR is a part, to achieve the 2 goals mentioned above. This work will also support the burgeoning restoration economy by creating jobs on Forest Service lands through restorative processes that build instead of extract from the biological wealth of our watersheds.

Read the notice here:

Forestwide_Planting_for_Traditional_uses_Pollinators

Borderlands Restoration is excited to help organize and support these efforts in collaboration with our partnering organizations. Please read Executive Director, David Seibert’s response to the scoping notice:

USFS.ForestWide Pollinator support letter.BorderlandsRestor.Oct2014

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