Hundreds of acres in the Black Hills National Forest will soon get new seedlings. The goal is to erase some of the scars from a wildfire two decades ago.
The Forest Service plans to plant more than 153,000 ponderosa pine seedlings in a large tract of Jewel Cave National Park. The Jasper fire burned about 83,500 acres 20 years ago.
Crews plan to plant at least 10,000 seedlings each day. They will also spread grass seed across the area by helicopter.