Our summer crew spent the day planting seedlings on the mountain. Alex Rudney from the Salida Ranger District was able to get us a total of 600 trees to plant. These were a mix of Engelmann Spruce and Lodgepole Pine. These are the two most common trees found at Monarch Mountain and the seeds used for growing these seedlings were harvested nearby. We focused on planting these seedlings in areas that have been logged over the last two summers. Locations were chosen based on protection from skiers/riders for the young trees to grow. We also considered shade and competition from other trees in choosing these locations. Hoping for some rain over the weekend to help them adjust to their new home. We will also put in some effort to water them over the next few weeks. Feels good to put some trees in the ground after two seasons of removing trees during our logging operations!