Planting seedlings will ultimately help protect water supplies, restore wildlife habitat and reduce flooding and erosion, according to the Colorado State Forest Service, which is administering the program.
The National Wildlife Federation, a nonprofit conservation organization, is funding the native trees as part of its 75th Annual National Wildlife Week, which began Monday. The program is designed to teach children about nature.
Landowners affected by the High Park Fire will be receiving the NWF seedlings. These landowners are joining other High Park landowners who this spring will receive more than 4,000 additional free seedlings from the Colorado State Forest Service.
Seedlings were funded by donations from Colorado businesses and residents in a larger effort to help reforest state and private land affected by wildfires and other disasters.