TreeUtah, a non-profit group that sponsors tree-planting, is calling for 1,000 volunteers to help replant an area of Wasatch Mountain State Park southwest of Heber City that was scorched by a forest fire in August.
The blaze claimed the lives of two fire-fighters and burned about 2,970 acres and 18 homes. Another 238 homes remain in danger of mudslide and flooding if a major storm hits, TreeUtah says."We're targeting the planting of 40,000 trees and shrubs," said TreeUtah's Peter Provenzano. "They'll be placed in four projects in the next year and a half."
The first stage will be Nov. 17, when 1,000 acres of the burned areas are to be replanted with 8,500 tree seedlings and shrubs. Volunteer planters must be at least 16 years old. They will be taught and supervised by crew leaders.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on that day, the volunteers will meet in the Midway town hall. They should wear warm clothing, boots, gloves and bring lunch, water and if possible, a shovel and trowel.
For more information, call TreeUtah at 363-5900.