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Colorado

Highway 149 Spruce Beetle Restoration

JuneJuly 2019


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest is continuing a multi-year project to reforest the Slumgullion/Spring Creek Pass area along Colorado Highway 149 (designated as the Silver Thread Scenic Byway) southeast of Lake City, Colorado. 2019 will be the fourth year of the five or six year project.

Since 2010, southwestern Colorado has been affected by a severe spruce bark beetle epidemic which has killed nearly 100% of the Engelmann spruce trees across over 500,000 acres (200,000 acres on the Gunnison Ranger District alone).

The Silver Thread Scenic Byway meanders through dense stands of Engelmann spruce. The highway corridor was known as a “green tunnel” because of the towering spruce trees along the highway. Visibility out of the “green tunnel” on Slumgullion and Spring Creek Passes was limited. With the attack of spruce bark beetles, the “green tunnel” became a “brown tunnel”. The dead spruce trees posed a major safety hazard to the travelling public with the risk of trees falling to the highway.

In 2013, the West Fork Complex fires burned 105,000 acres of spruce beetle impacted forest fifteen miles to the south, forcing a month long closure of the highway to public travel. The highway closure had a significantly negative economic impact to the Lake City and Creede communities which rely on the summertime recreational industry.

As a part of restoration efforts, a wide fuelbreak was created along the Colorado Highway 149 corridor on Slumgullion Pass to allow the highway to remain open (within safety limits) during a large wildfire event. The highway corridor fuelbreak was cleared in 2014 and 2015. The view of scenery from the highway is now very good. Tree planting of the fuelbreak was completed in 2017. Initial planting success has been very good at 96% survival in the first year.

Timber harvest in stands adjacent to the immediate highway corridor has continued from 2014 to the current time. The planned tree planting for 2019 is in those nearby stands. The renewed forest will in time improve the quality of the scenery in the area. New trees will provide cover and habitat for Canada lynx and other wildlife species which had been impacted by the severe mortality.

In 2019, the Forest Service will be hosting a fourth annual volunteer tree planting day. This year, lodgepole pine will be planted at Slumgullion Summit to create the start of a living snow fence to mitigate snow drifting on the highway. In the previous three years, 2,500 spruce and bristlecone pine seedlings have been planted on ten acres around the Slumgullion Winter Trailhead by the volunteers.

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The trees in StorQuest’s forests are being planted through nonprofit partner One Tree Planted.

Planned

California

Moon Light Fire Restoration

April 2019


The Moonlight Fire was a wildfire that burned near Westwood, California. The fire, which started on Labor Day, September 3, 2007 scorched 64,997 acres before being contained on September 19. This is a 4 year project planning to restore 900 acres of land for each year and aims to plant close to 1 million trees!

Planned

New York

Riparian Restoration Project

May 2019


Reforestation of riparian area which has been devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer. Riparian plantings are crucial for having clean water. It will improve water quality through regulating water temperature by providing shade to the rivers. These plantings will also reduce erosion of the stream banks and stabilize them. Both of these factors will improve habitat for fish and other river life!

Planned

Colorado

Highway 149 Spruce Beetle Restoration

JuneJuly 2019


The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forest is continuing a multi-year project to reforest the Slumgullion/Spring Creek Pass area along Colorado Highway 149 (designated as the Silver Thread Scenic Byway) southeast of Lake City, Colorado. 2019 will be the fourth year of the five or six year project.

Since 2010, southwestern Colorado has been affected by a severe spruce bark beetle epidemic which has killed nearly 100% of the Engelmann spruce trees across over 500,000 acres (200,000 acres on the Gunnison Ranger District alone).

The Silver Thread Scenic Byway meanders through dense stands of Engelmann spruce. The highway corridor was known as a “green tunnel” because of the towering spruce trees along the highway. Visibility out of the “green tunnel” on Slumgullion and Spring Creek Passes was limited. With the attack of spruce bark beetles, the “green tunnel” became a “brown tunnel”. The dead spruce trees posed a major safety hazard to the travelling public with the risk of trees falling to the highway.

In 2013, the West Fork Complex fires burned 105,000 acres of spruce beetle impacted forest fifteen miles to the south, forcing a month long closure of the highway to public travel. The highway closure had a significantly negative economic impact to the Lake City and Creede communities which rely on the summertime recreational industry.

As a part of restoration efforts, a wide fuelbreak was created along the Colorado Highway 149 corridor on Slumgullion Pass to allow the highway to remain open (within safety limits) during a large wildfire event. The highway corridor fuelbreak was cleared in 2014 and 2015. The view of scenery from the highway is now very good. Tree planting of the fuelbreak was completed in 2017. Initial planting success has been very good at 96% survival in the first year.

Timber harvest in stands adjacent to the immediate highway corridor has continued from 2014 to the current time. The planned tree planting for 2019 is in those nearby stands. The renewed forest will in time improve the quality of the scenery in the area. New trees will provide cover and habitat for Canada lynx and other wildlife species which had been impacted by the severe mortality.

In 2019, the Forest Service will be hosting a fourth annual volunteer tree planting day. This year, lodgepole pine will be planted at Slumgullion Summit to create the start of a living snow fence to mitigate snow drifting on the highway. In the previous three years, 2,500 spruce and bristlecone pine seedlings have been planted on ten acres around the Slumgullion Winter Trailhead by the volunteers.

Planned

Texas

Trees for the Blanco

October 2019


Trees for the Blanco After the devastating Memorial Day Floods of 2015, TreeFolks in partnership with Hays County embarked upon a multi-year effort to reforest the banks of the Blanco River. Most plantings are on private lands held by families severely impacted by the floods, many of whom lost their homes and livelihoods. We are currently in Year 4 of 4 of this program. In FY 2018-2019 we will plant 62,000 trees for 75 affected families; overall, more than 300,000 trees will have been planted for 300 affected families and several public parks.

Planned

Arizona

Patagonia Restoration Project

November 2019


This will focus on a restoration project along the USA border to create a wildlife corridor to ensure habitat for Fauna in the area.

Planned

California

Woolsey Fire Restoration

December 2019


The Woolsey Fire was a destructive wildfire that burned in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties of the U.S. state of California. The fire ignited on November 8, 2018 and burned 96,949 acres of land. The fire prompted the evacuation of more than 295,000 people. This project will stabilize soil and restore water quality.

Planned

Florida

Seminole State Forest

January 2020


This project will provide for the restoration of a sandhill community that had substantial encroachment by off-site sand pine, due to longleaf pine removal and lack of fire. The sand pines were harvested in 2015. A broadcast herbicide operation was conducted in 2018 to reduce immature sand pine, oak and vegetative competition. A prescribed fire was conducted to further reduce competition, reduce logging slash and open the site up for hand planting. Due to weather conditions, approximately 15% of stand was burned. Hand planting was completed with contracted hand planters.

Planned

Florida

Panama City Restoration

February 2020


What was once the tree capital of Florida is now an area devastated by Hurricane Michael. Both Nature and people were affected by this hurricane. This project is a relief effort to regreen Panama city.

Planned

California

San Bernadino Restoration Project

March 2020


Trees in Southern California have been hit with wildfires, disease and drought. This project will focus specifically on reforestation in the San Bernadino area.

Planned

California

Yosemite Valley Restoration

April 2020


The Property is well known in the community of Yosemite West, providing non-consumptive recreation and scenic values to locals. Restoring the Property and maintaining it will add value for the community in this regard, as well as provide protections from erosion-related problems, such as landslides, earthflow, and flooding to the downhill community. Importantly, because of its unique, tactical position on Henness Ridge, restoring and managing the Property to be a conifer forest with large, widely-spaced trees will help to ensure the safety of the National Park and Yosemite West from fires that may originate on nearby private lands or within the National Forest.

StorQuest Initiative
About the StorQuest Initiative

Let’s #RootForTheFuture. Together.


Call us dreamers, but we've always been big fans of tomorrows. Of fresh starts. Of new adventures. Of blue skies, tall waves, pure-driven snow, and the promise that a world of awesome experiences await — if we come together to conserve and sustain the beautiful world we all share. That’s why we’re partnering with One Tree Planted to launch a nationwide effort to make the world a more awesome place, one tree, one rental, and one day at a time. And you can help.

Rent One, Get One Tree

In communities we serve around the country, StorQuest and One Tree Planted are working together to make the future a little greener and a little more awesome every day. For every new storage unit rented, we’ll plant one tree to help reforest an at-risk growth area and plant it forward for the next generation. You can help by encouraging the people in your life to make room in their lives for everything they love with a StorQuest unit. How often do you get to do yourself and the planet a solid at the same time? Let’s make it happen. Spread the word, share the hashtag #RootForTheFuture, and check back often to see our progress toward a more awesome tomorrow.

Because good things really do come in trees.

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AboutOne Tree Planted


One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on global reforestation. They plant trees on 4 continents around the world to help with restoration of degraded lands, forest fire recovery, habitats expansion, watershed health, and more. One Tree Planted’s mission is to make it simple for anyone to help the environment.

One dollar = one tree planted.

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Moon Light Fire Restoration
Riparian Restoration Project
Highway 149 Spruce Beetle Restoration
Trees for the Blanco
Patagonia Restoration Project
Woolsey Fire Restoration
Seminole State Forest
Panama City Restoration
San Bernadino Restoration Project
Yosemite Valley Restoration
Map attribution
Theshibboleth, Blank US Map (states only), Alaska and outlines removed, Hawaii moved to the left, and color changed by Pledgeling, CC BY-SA 3.0
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