RATON, N.M. (AP) — Northern New Mexico’s Sugarite Canyon State Park has been awarded a grant that will help it purchase more than 10,000 tree and shrub seedlings.
The seedlings will help with restoration efforts after last year’s Track Fire. The blaze burned a big portion of the park near Raton.
Seedlings will be purchased from New Mexico State Forestry’s Conservation Seedling Program. They will include aspen, ponderosa pine, white fir, chokecherry, mountain mahogany and other shrubs.
Sugarite Superintendent Bob Dye says the planting will be done in the fall by volunteers and park staff. They plan to focus on areas hit hardest by the fire.
The grant comes from the Arbor Day Foundation’s National Reforestation Program. Since 1990, the program has facilitated the planting of more than 32 million trees in state and national forests in the U.S.