MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES RELEAF
As we roll into planting season 16, Mountain Communities Wildfire ReLeaf is happy to report that most of the area we serve in the San Bernardino Mountains is now out of drought danger. There is still some bark beetle die off, but we continue to survey and plant in areas of need. We continue to do our community outreach by attending many local events and distributing educational information. With the renewed resurgence of the bark beetle the mountain pine trees are once again dying in alarming numbers. The seedlings for 2020 spring planting are being nurtured and planning for their destinations are in the works. As in the past we will continue to have volunteers from Orange, Riverside, LA and San Bernardino Counties come together to work side by side with representatives from grant funder, American Forests and American Forests’ Corporate Partners. In addition to using volunteers to plant the seedlings we continue to use the Cal Fire Pilot Rock Conservation crews to plant areas that are more difficult and dangerous for the volunteers to work in.
Developed in 2004 after the 2003 wildfires, Mountain Communities Wildfire ReLeaf is an ongoing program educating private landowners in the value of reforesting the burn areas and areas devastated by the bark beetle infestation. The ReLeaf program uses seeds previously collected in the San Bernardino Mountain burned areas. These seedlings are grown at the Southern California Edison Nursery in Auburn, CA and delivered to the sites for direct plantings as weather and climate conditions permit.