Planting seeds for the future

Big Bear Grizzly, January 14, 2009

Planting seeds for the future

The San Bernardino National Forest Association is working with Los Angeles- based TreePeople to plant 40,000 seedlings in areas burned in the 2003 Old Fire.

Forest Aid is recruiting armies of volunteers that will green the forest's charred hillsides. In preparation, SBNFA hosts an information session and forest restoration workshop on Monday, Jan. 19.

Community members are invited to the Big Bear Discovery Center at 10 a.m. for a short introduction. After the introduction, participants will caravan to the Big Bear Greenhouse facility to help germinate native seeds and transplant seedlings.

“It is up to us, those living in and around the San Bernardino National Forest, to help nurture and heal the areas that have been devastated by years of drought, bark beetle infestation and fire,” said Sarah Miggins, executive director of SBNFA. “Visit our new program Web site www.forestaid.net to sign up and be a part of the largest public planting project in the region.”