Forest Aid: Angeles has launched, but we can't do it without you!
70,000 trees. 250 acres. 9,000 volunteers. 3 years.
Last Thursday, February 24, volunteers, TreePeople staff, the U.S. Forest Service and the foothill community, gathered to launch our efforts to restore the Angeles National Forest from the 2009 Station Fire. This isn’t the first time TreePeople has been in the Angeles Forest restoring it from fires, but this was not a usual fire. This fire burned 160,000 acres of the Angeles Forest. This forest produces 35% of the water for southern California. Nature will help large chunks of the forest recover by themselves, but it can’t do it all. According to the Forest Service, on 11,000 acres the soil is so badly damaged by the extreme heat of the fire, that the forest can’t heal itself, what grows back won’t be like the prime tree cover that was there before. That’s where we come in. We’re going to help the forest heal in the areas where it cannot heal itself, and we can't do it without you.
Usually, when you see a fire, restoration plans are made and the money comes flowing in from Washington. That is no longer the case. The Angeles National Forest and the San Bernardino National Forest are the most heavily used forests in the entire United States. There’s such a lack of open space in Los Angeles that we use these forests to fill that gap. The portion of the Angeles Forest that comprises the San Gabriel River Watershed has been so consciously managed for the last 100 years since the founding of the Angeles National Forest, that the San Gabriel Valley is fully supplied by the forest, making it been virtually water independent. Today, we are trying to restore the cycle. The forest needs some energy back to mend its natural cycle and keep those life sources flowing. That energy is human energy, volunteer energy, financial energy. We’re calling all people, families, citizens, back to the forest to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.
What you can do:
Come out and volunteer. Extend the invitation to your schools, families and community groups. You only have to commit a day, we know you’ll fall in love and want to do more.
Donate! Help fund our efforts to restore the Angeles Forest and be a part of its history forever.