The incoming Obama administration has dubbed this coming Monday, Martin Luther King Day, as a National Day of Service—and, for those who have the holiday off, there is a local opportunity to both be of service and do something to better our environment. The San Bernardino National Forest Association has partnered with L.A.-based TreePeople to plant 40,000 seedlings in areas that burned in the 2003 Old Fire. In preparation for this Forest Aid project, SBNFA will host a forest restoration workshop on Monday, January 19. At 10am, community members are welcome to join staff of the Big Bear Discovery Center for an overview of the project, before caravaning half a mile to the Big Bear Greenhouse to help germinate native seeds and transplant seedlings. These seedlings will ultimately be planted in the forest, both in spring 2009 and 2010. Per Sarah Miggins of the SBNFA, “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.” Those who would like to contribute on the National Day of Service are asked to meet at the Discovery Center, on Big Bear Lake’s North Shore, at 10am; RSVPs are not necessary for the two-hour project, though participants should wear warm clothes and bring lunch and water.