See How a Forest is Replanted

Reforestation is important work. Areas that have been devastated by fire, insects, disease and weather need to be replanted to protect the health and quality of the environment.

  • The process begins with the U.S. Forest Service selecting the areas where replanting is most critical. Most likely, these are sites that will not regenerate naturally due to the severity of the damage.
  • Seedlings are grown in a nursery then designated to be used in specific replanting areas.
  • Once the forest is ready, seedlings are planted. This typically happens in the spring.
  • Forest Service employees—and in some cases, volunteers—work to plant the seedlings across the landscape.
  • Ultimately, these trees will grow to replace those that were lost. They will continue the legacy of filtering water and air, providing critical wildlife habitat and providing natural beauty for generations to come.