As I have been working on an underwriting spot for the Tree People, it was obvious to me I was going to be getting involved with this project. I survived the Station Fire ordeal last year living just minutes from the Angeles National Forest.
The Angeles Forest Station Fire burned more than 160,000 acres, making it the largest fire in modern Los Angeles County history. 11,000 of those acres will not recover on their own without human assistance. Those 11,000 acres were burned too deep in the soil and too wide-spread for natural seed regeneration.
For the next several years, the U.S. Forest Service will oversee the planting of 4,000 (out of those 11,000) acres per year. Those trees will be planted by volunteers and paid contractors. The majority of land in dangerous, steep sloped areas will be planted by paid contractors.
Beginning in early spring of 2011 (approx. mid-February) Tree People and the U.S. Forest Service will enlist thousands of volunteers to plant 23,000 trees a year in 75-acres along major roads including the scenic Angeles Crest Highway – a much used and much loved road. Trees will be small native seedlings, 6-8” tall.
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles.
Dedicate trees this holiday season to honor your family, friends, co-workers or clients. Give the gift of green and help contribute to bringing the Angeles National Forest back to life. http://www.treepeople.org/tree-dedications