Details of the planting strategy
The 2011-2012 timeline is fully consistent with restoration strategies appropriate for burned wilderness areas. The strategy requires a waiting period for burned land to show that it cannot recover on its own without human assistance. This "let the land heal" approach has been vital in most areas of the Station Fire because they are located on hillsides and slopes susceptible to mudslides in their first post-fire rainy season. Strenuous planting efforts in the Spring of 2010 would be dangerous for volunteers, and plants would most likely wash away with the first rain.
Ultimately, replanting will be dependent on weather conditions and soil temperatures. The Forest Service will tell us when the soil is warm enough to start planting tender young seedlings, as well as when the ground becomes too hot and dry, and the planting should stop.
Watershed impacts from the Station Fire
This historic Station Fire--so far the largest ever in the Angeles National Forest--burned in the heart of Los Angeles' upper watershed, at the headwaters of the Los Angeles River. Although fire is part of our local ecosystem and is essential to the health of the forest, extremely intense fires may damage soils and burn enough vegetation to compromise the forest's vital services. These services include providing a portion of Los Angeles' drinking water and protecting communities from flooding and mudslides. Up to 15 percent of the City of Los Angeles' water comes from local sources such as the Angeles National Forest. Other neighboring communities in the San Gabriel Valley also rely on the forest watershed for most of their water needs.
Did you know:
- TreePeople's first big plantings in the Angeles National Forest were in reaction to the Big Tujunga fires of 1975 that burned portions of Big and Little Tujunga Canyons, La Crescenta, La Canada, all the way to Mt. Gleason. TreePeople's planting efforts from those fires continued through the end of the decade.
- TreePeople's volunteer email list gives updated information about upcoming plantings and tree care events. In addition, we provide postings about replanting opportunities in the Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, Santa Monica Mountains as well as other upcoming events.
- Most recently we helped plant more than 40,000 seedlings over a two-year period in the San Bernardino Nation Forest. This fire recovery effort was part of our Forest Aid partnership. Reforestation Supervisors who volunteered in the San Bernardinos will eventually be able to help lead volunteers in the Angeles Forest.
To get involved with upcoming plantings and tree care events in Los Angeles' mountain areas, please register online. You can receive our monthly volunteer e-newsletter, tell us about your interest in Mountain Forestry updates, and sign up for volunteer events in the local mountains.