eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than Delaware and
Rhode Island combined.
Forestry Partner - Trees, Water & People
- Double the number of trees planted from 15,000 to about 30,000 in 2017 and continue to build in the years ahead as funding allows. There is a lot of land within two historical fire areas (totaling 20,000 acres) to plant, which allows for room to expand in the years ahead.
- Create a sustainable reforestation program on the Pine Ridge Reservation, including training a local workforce of Native Americans to care for and plant tree seedlings.
- Reforest wildlife habitat zones within two fire areas to jumpstart species return and restoration within the fire areas.
As with all fires, some areas of the forest have been completely cleared of all trees, while in other areas, varying numbers of trees have survived. As there has never been any reforestation work done on the Pine Ridge Reservation, training people in the care and transport of tree seedlings is very important. Similarly, training crews on how to work together in an organized and efficient way to plant the trees is also important and there are no previously trained tree planters on the reservation.
Choosing the right places to plant within a 20,000 acre fire zone is critical for the success of the project and for achieving the goals. We partner with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Oglala Lakota tribe to determine optimum site location and resolve access issues.