About 200 ponderosa pine seedlings are being made available to Lincoln County residents who are recovering from last year's devastating Little Bear Fire.
The seedlings are being donated by the Future Florists of Texas and New Mexico. The group's members, children ranging in age from 3 to 12, started growing the seedlings last year when they heard about the fire and the damage it caused.
The blaze was the most destructive in state history, having burned more than 240 homes and other structures. It also damaged the area's watershed as it burned through 70 square miles.
The group will deliver the seedlings to the Smokey Bear Ranger Station in Ruidoso on Aug. 3.
Residents will be able to pick up the seedlings from the community garden near the station's front office.
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