Trees to be planted in AZ area ravaged by wildfire

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Associated Press

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help plant 2,500 trees in an area ravaged by a wildfire last spring.

The volunteers will be planting cottonwood and willow trees on Feb. 18 in the Mittry Lake area, about 8 miles northeast of Yuma.

The 750-acre Laguna fire in May destroyed valuable marsh and riparian habitat in the area, and a recreation area.

Since the fire, native seed has been allowed to germinate, the area has been cleared of invasive species and holes have been drilled to prepare for the planting.

Volunteers are asked to bring plenty of water, protection from the sun, long pants, closed-toe shoes or boots, and gloves.

For more information, visit http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/res/vol.html

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