This month, volunteers will have the opportunity to partake in the enriching experience of replanting the 2007 Butler Peak burn area in the San Bernardino National Forest. Every helping hand will be part of the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands.
While rolling up their sleeves, volunteers will learn about the necessities of managing a healthy and fire safe forest. Also, while removing invasive weeds, participants will be contributing to maintaining the natural biodiversity of our forest. In addition, seed collecting throughout the day will help prepare for future restoration projects.
“Last year, National Public Lands Day was a huge success. More than 120,000 participants planted more than 1.6 million trees at over 1,800 events in all 50 states. In 2009, we hope to have the participation of even more volunteers throughout the country, and make the 16th annual National Public Lands Day the most successful yet.” said Robb Hampton, director of National Public Lands Day. “Every 100,000 volunteers represent an additional $1.8 million worth of labor for American lands, and we invite you to join us in this effort.” Local organizers are hoping for 150 participants.
To pitch in for National Public Lands Day, meet at the Big Bear Discovery Center at 9am on Saturday, September 26 to caravan to the site. No reservations are necessary for individuals or small groups; groups larger than 10 should RSVP to the number below. Travel will include driving on well-maintained dirt roads for approximately 1 mile, 4×4 not necessary. Bring a hat, sunscreen and some working hands. All tools and lunch will be provided. Volunteers who participate will be rewarded with a pass good for free entry any day during the next year at public land sites managed by: National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
For more information please call Danielle Grondin at the Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2818.
The San Bernardino National Forest Association is the primary non-profit partner to the U.S. Forest Service, which operates six programs to care for the San Bernardino National Forest. The programs include Children’s Forest, Big Bear Discovery Center, Off Highway Vehicle Outreach Education, Forest Care, Fire Lookout Hosts, and the Urban Youth Conservation Corps.