Angeles Forest Gains 49 New Volunteer Leaders

For Immediate Release
Angeles Forest Gains 49 New Volunteer Leaders
Restoration Supervisors Trained with TreePeople

Los Angeles — Nonprofit TreePeople recently trained 46 new Restoration Supervisor volunteers to help replant the fire-damaged Angeles National Forest. Restoration Supervisors will play a critical role in helping other volunteers plant and care for tree seedlings from March 5 to May 1, 2011.

The new volunteer leaders were trained on November 20 and December 11 and at least 50 more are needed before the start of the 2011 planting season. “We need at least 100 trained volunteers to guide the thousands of volunteers who’ll join our restoration efforts this spring" said Brian Rekart, TreePeople’s Mountain Forestry Manager. “With 23,000 trees slated to get in the ground in 2011, we’re looking for volunteers who are concerned with bringing our National Forest back to life.” The total tree goal for the next three years is 70,000 trees.

TreePeople’s Restoration Supervisors serve a critical function in the Angeles National Forest by ensuring proper safety and tool use, managing groups of volunteers and showing the right way to plant trees to ensure their survival, and making sure everyone has a great time. Supervisors must be at least 16 years old and need to attend a free TreePeople training and one follow-up planting for additional mentoring. After that, volunteers will be placed on TreePeople’s contact list for future plantings. All trained supervisors receive a Forest Aid t-shirt and name badge.

The next Restoration Supervisor training is Saturday, January 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Angeles National Forest. The exact location will be shared upon registration at http://www.treepeople.org/angeles-restoration-supervisor-training-0. One additional trainings will take place February 5.

“I heard about the opportunity to plant trees in the Angeles Forest and wanted to get trained and bring my enthusiasm to the team,” said Stephen Lau, Pasadena. “The instructors provided unique insight into restoration activities and used a mixture of hands-on demonstration and anecdotal lecturing, which made it engaging and fun.”

The spring planting season in the Angeles National Forest runs from March 5 to May 1. Planting will take place in family-friendly areas with less likelihood of slope instability and will take place Wednesdays through Sundays with weekends being the largest and most popular events. Workdays do fill up, so be sure to register early. The weekday plantings will mostly be filled with volunteers from schools, businesses and other special groups. No matter the age, everyone is welcome to come to a tree planting. If you don’t feel up to climbing a mountainside, you can be useful greeting volunteers and helping them register for the tree planting.

About the Station Fire
In 2009 the Angeles Forest Station Fire burned more than 160,000 acres, making it the largest fire in modern Los Angeles County history. Beginning Saturday, March 5 TreePeople and the U.S. Forest Service will enlist thousands of volunteers to plant 23,000 trees a year in 75-acres along major roads of the Angeles Forest, including the scenic Angeles Crest Highway – a much used and much loved road. Trees will be small native seedlings, 6-8” tall.

TreePeople is a nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for the Los Angeles region. TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world. More information at www.treepeople.org.
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