In an effort to keep Wasatch Front drinking water from being contaminated, a volunteer organization is hoping to persuade 1,000 people to plant 8,500 seedlings in the charred rubble of Wasatch Mountain State Park.

Much of the park was consumed in a fire last summer that claimed the lives of two firefighters. Silt falling from the charred hills could contaminate the water in Deer Creek, which is used to supply Utah, Wasatch and Salt Lake counties, said Ann Burnett, spokeswoman for TreeUtah. The seedlings will stop the silt from falling and will protect an estimated 238 nearby homes from slides and floods, she said.Burnett said volunteers will meet Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Midway Town Hall. She said the seedlings must be planted now in order to be effective.

"We need to do all we can to hold onto that soil," she said. "All we have is a little window of time in which to do it."

Burnett said the group also is asking for donations of $1 per tree planted. For more information, call 363-5900.