Facing the prospect of a slashed budget because of sequestration cuts, the U.S. Forest Service is partnering with nonprofits to help restore local forest devestated by the Station Fire.
The agency's budget could be slashed by 5.2 percent when sequestration cuts take effect so the forest service is working with nonprofits and volunteers to help with Station Fire recovery efforts, the Glendale News-Press reports.
Agencies like the National Forest Foundation are helping to remove invasive species from the Station Fire burn areas, the News-Press reports. The organization also planted 10,000 trees in the Angeles National Forest last year, according to its website.
In addition to partnering with existing nonprofits, the forest service is also working to create a "Friends of the Angeles" group "that would connect forest officials, volunteer groups and other stakeholders," according to the News-Press.