Montana

About this project

Why: In August 2021, the Richard Spring Fire advanced across southern Montana. The fire blazed through 68,000 hectares (170,000 acres) of land, including parts of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. The fire destroyed many homes in its way. Triggering mandatory evacuation and in some cases, ongoing displacement of local communities. Since the fire, the Northern Cheyenne communities has lost hunting and fishing grounds. The fire also wiped out the native Ponderosa pine forests. These forests are important habitats for local biodiversity. Human intervention is now needed to bring them back. Without these trees, the area could become a grassland. The local biodiversity will be permanently displaced, including Elks, Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Deers, Black Bears, and other critical species. What: With your support, we will be planting the Ponderosa pines on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Working with our partner, American Forests and the local communities, we will be restoring vital hunting and fishing grounds for the Northern Cheyenne Tribes. The project will restore prime habitats for local wildlife to thrive again. The key challenge to this project is ensuring the trees survive the first 15 years. Juvenile trees tend to be more vulnerable to low intensity fires. Once old enough to withstand fires, the forest can continue to grow and regenerate without human intervention. Who: American Forests

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