‘Miracle tree’ plantation outside Winnemucca Ranch to bring jobs

Plantations of a fast-growing tree native to China will be planted in the high desert north of Reno, generating $1.5 billion in revenue and creating 280 local jobs, representatives of an international forestry company announced Tuesday.

Working with landowners, Jaksick Entities, Sacramento-based ECO2 Forests Inc., is pursuing its plans on 14,000 acres near Winnemucca Ranch.image

Initial planting should begin within six weeks, with up to 3 million of the hardwood trees ultimately grown, said Collie Christensen, the company’s CEO.

The Washoe County project is the first of many to establish up to 100,000 acres of kiri plantations across the country and up to 1 million acres globally, company officials said. Other plantations are being planted or are planned in the South Pacific, Brazil and Mexico. Read full story:

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