Magazine article American Forests

Wildfire Releaf: California Style

Magazine article American Forests

Wildfire Releaf: California Style

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Nearly 40 years after a fire scoured the Los Pinetos Ridge of Angeles National Forest, some 30 high school kids did their part to repair the damage-by planting trees.

The students, mostly 10th graders from Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles, worked side-by-side with officials from furniture company IKEA to put in 950 native seedlings-coast and canyon live oaks, California walnut, big cone Douglas-fir, and more. The planting was a project of AMERICAN FORESTS' Wildfire ReLeaf campaign, which helps restore ecosystems damaged by wildfires. IKEA helped sponsor the tree planting and its southern California employees pitched in with the Angeles planting, which took place more than an hour outside Los Angeles.

These were the first trees to go in near Sand Canyon since the fire destroyed 8,000 acres of forest leaving just underbrush to grow up and cover the naked ridge. And this was the first time that most of the kids had ever seen the placemuch less planted trees. …

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