Volunteers reseed Rosecrest burn scar in Herriman

Posted at 5:43 PM, Aug 25, 2012

HERRIMAN, Utah - Hundreds of volunteers gathered in Herriman Saturday to reseed 400 acres of land torched in this summer's Rosecrest Fire.

The human-caused Rosecrest Fire torched 611 acres, destroyed four homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of Herriman residents.

Around 450 volunteers spread 10,000 pounds of seed on the burn scar on Saturday morning. Volunteers were signed in by local boy scouts, then given a 20-pound bag of seed and a spot on the mountain to help regrow the burn scar.

"When you're up there, the orange vest people will have seedbags, they're 20 pounds. You'll be doing stretch about 20 feet wide and 1,200 feet long," said Nicole Martin.

Reseeding will help prevent future flooding and debris flow from the burn scar when the area receives precipitation.

"We're impressed we have 450 volunteers that have given up time on a beautiful Saturday and are up on the mountain reseeding so we can mitigate the damage done after the Rosecrest Fire," said Martin.

Herriman City and Salt Lake County teamed up with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to fund the project, which cost $150,000. The NRCS paid 75 percent of the costs while locals funded the rest.