[IN-PERSON] Boulder JTree Home Volunteer Activity - Colorado Reforestation Seed Balls

Date: October 29, 2020Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Volunteer at home to make Seed Pellets in order to help reforest Colorado with JTree Boulder!

Forest fires are a natural part of Colorado’s environment and can help keep our forests healthy. However, since the 1970s, wildfires on Colorado’s Front Range have burned more frequently and at greater severity, leaving large patches of decimated forested landscape with no surviving cone-bearing trees. Without the pine cones—and the seeds they contain—these severe burn scars are unable to regenerate as forests and will instead likely stay as grass or shrubland, resulting in loss of carbon storage as well as the water, wildlife and recreation benefits that forests provide.

Last year, The Nature Conservancy collected thousands of pine cones near the High Park fire scar, west of Fort Collins. The forest that was burned severely in 2012 has not regrown because of a lack of pine cone seeds in the burned area. Reforestation is one of Colorado’s best options. It is estimated that approximately 2% of severely burned areas on the Front Range have been replanted with seedlings. At this pace, it would require 1,490 years to effectively restore these areas to forests and reclaim their carbon storage potential. We don’t have that kind of time. Thank you joining The Nature Conservancy’s effort to replant Ponderosa Pine faster and easier using seed pellets!

Your job is to create seed pellets (also called seed balls) using the locally-collected ponderosa pine seeds. In the spring, the seeds will germinate and trees will start to grow! Pick up the materials at the JCC on October 18, between 10 am - 1 pm. Learn more about how to do this easy and meaningful activity here.

Thursday, October 29 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm | FREE