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Volunteers Wanted for Tree Planting in Station Fire Burn Area

TreePeople and the US Forest Service will plant approximately 15,000 trees in the Angeles National Forest this year to help restore burned areas.

The large Station Fire of 2009 charred a massive portion of the Angeles National Forest, which is still in need of restoration.

To help replace trees in areas that need help, TreePeople and the US Forest Service are planting 15,000 seedlings this year and are asking for the public’s help.

Previous planting efforts in the Station Fire burn area yielded a lower-than-expected seedling survival rate, the LA Times reported last April.

Planting will start Saturday, Feb. 23 and continue on Thursdays through Sundays until the middle or end of April.

A mixture of Jeffrey pine, Coulter pine, and Douglas-fir seedlings grown from native seeds harvested on the Angeles National Forest will be planted, according to TreePeople.

Those interested in planting will need to pre-register here: http://www.treepeople.org/volunteer-search

For advice on what to wear and bring to plant, TreePeople shared:

We encourage you to wear long pants, dress in layers, and bring a jacket. All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes (hard sole boots strongly recommended). Also, bring sunscreen, a full water bottle, your own snacks and a sack lunch. Forest Aid recommends that you bring a day pack to make sure you have all the necessary items for mountain planting. Bulk water will be available to refill your water bottle. Please remember: Tree planting at high elevations can be rigorous work, so enjoy a hearty breakfast before you arrive.

Major funding for the project is provided by Southern California Edison.

Are you interested in helping plant seedlings in the Station Fire burn areas? What do you think of the planting project?

Ron Smith February 16, 2013 at 05:44 PM
The program is a good one. However, a number of trees planted in the Deukmejian Park area are not being tended to and are dying. This we noticed on Thursday of this week. We could lose many more now the rains have subsided if they are not cared for in their early stages of growth.
Marc Stirdivant February 19, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Since Deukmejian Wilderness Park re-opened in June of 2010 after the Station Fire, volunteers under the supervision of the Glendale Community Services & Parks Department have planted over a hundred Big Cone Spruce, Coast Live Oaks, and Western Sycamores in the park. It is not true that these trees are not being tended. They are watered and cared for by City volunteers during the week and by community volunteers every third Saturday of the month. While a small number of trees were lost during the Summer heat wave back in August, our success rate is much higher than other programs in the region. Our next work day is this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in Deukmejian Park. We invite anyone interested in helping restore the park to join us.

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