Members of the U.S. Forest Service and the Los Angeles-based nonprofit TreePeople announced Thursday the official start of “Forest Aid: Angeles — from ashes to action,” a four-year replanting effort of lands in the Angeles National Forest destroyed by the 2009 Station fire. Planting begins this weekend, weather permitting, and will run in four-hour shifts Wednesdays through Sundays until May 1.
The press conference, held at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, included a tree-planting demonstration to illustrate the duties volunteers will perform as they help reforest the foothills. Forest Aid is asking for help from the community in the form of volunteer hours (3,000 volunteers will be needed in 2011 alone) as well as funds to keep the project going.
TreePeople staff outlined the group’s plans to help the Forest Service repopulate as much as 11,000 acres of forestland throughout the next four years. This year, the Forest Service will plant more than 1.2 million seedlings over 4,200 acres. TreePeople is hoping local residents will pitch in and plant an additional 22,000 trees throughout a 75-acre area this planting season.