Plant a Tree, Rescue a Forest

Plant A Tree, Rescue A Forest For Earth Day: Saturday April 17, 2010

Here is a unique chance to assist rangers with forest restoration after back to back forest fires throughout California. Volunteers will be planting seeds and performing seedling preparation activities at the US Forest Service Nursery in Placerville, CA. From these growing grounds young seedlings will be distributed throughout California’s national forests to areas of recent fires.

Did You Notice?

Air quality over the Bay Area has been significantly reduced during the summers of 2008 and 2009 due to fires in our forests resulting from numerous droughts, insect damage, and decades of fuel build up. Deforestation from fire is one of the major factors of global climate change.

The carbon that we continue to produce daily through our choice of consumerism; food, energy, clothing, and general purchases needs to be removed from the air. Trees capture and hold carbon throughout their lifetime. Fires release all that carbon immediately. As “carbon sinks”, forests need our protection and assistance.

Replacing burned forests is crucial to balancing nature.

This is an opportunity for sustainability beyond what is normally offered to the average citizen. In 2009, a group of just 15 people from Marin planted 800 acres worth of flats which were shipped to Los Padres National Forest in early March. The Bishop Pines used for seed stock at this forest were completely destroyed. This work is not only helpful, but necessary.

Project Day:

•Leave Bay Area – 5:30 AM

•Project – 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

•BBQ lunch provided

•Tour of Nursery

•Learn how Climate Change is altering reforestation practices

•No-host dinner at local restaurant as a fun wind down

•Return by 6:30 PM

Registration:

•Deadline – April 10

•Space is limited to only 20 persons.

•Must be at least 18 years old by April 17.

www.marinreleaf.org or by phone 415-721-4374.

•Contact Bruce Boom at bboom@fs.fed.us, 530-642-5025 or 530-333-7707 cell

Orientation:

•April 14, Wednesday, 7PM

•San Rafael Park & Recreation building, 618 B Street

•Bring a copy of your ID for security.

•Get in on a carpool

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