Fire damage in San Bernardino National Forest. Credit: Joseph O\'Brian

About the Gobblers Fire ReLeaf Project:

American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 30 acres of San Bernardino National Forest with ponderosa pine to reforest an area damaged by the Gobblers Fire.

Global ReLeaf provides forests like this — and the communities that depend on them — with the restoration they need to thrive. Since 1990, American Forests has brought ReLeaf to forests in all 50 states and 45 countries, planting more than 45 million trees in the process.

ReLeaf Location:

San Bernardino National Forest, CA

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 5,000 trees across 30 acres
  • Reforesting an ecosystem damaged by fire
  • Restoring habitat for ponderosa pine

Why This ReLeaf Project?

The reforestation of 30 acres destroyed by the Gobblers Fire will provide for the accelerated establishment of forest cover. An assessment of the fire area identified 30 acres of previously planted ponderosa pine on managed forest land in need of reforestation. This will provide wildlife habitat for animals that depend on forests for critical life stages. In areas where slope stability is enhanced by tree root systems and the protective cover offered by tree canopies, landslides and soil erosion will be reduced in size and intensity.

Why Combat Soil Erosion?

The area damaged by this fire rests on a hillside containing several waterways feeding into a larger river below. The sudden removal of vegetative cover in the area would inevitably lead to large amounts of soil erosion. If this were to occur, massive amounts of topsoil would be lost, inhibiting tree regrowth in the area and contaminating the river below with large amounts of soil. Repopulating the area with ponderosa pine will help maintain the current ecosystem.

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