Mountain yellow-legged frog.

Mountain yellow-legged frog. Credit: Matthew Parker

Project Location:
Angeles National Forest, Calif.

Key Activities:

  • Planting 6,671 trees across 42 acres
  • Reforesting areas affected by wildfire
  • Improving watershed health and stability
  • Expanding wildlife habitat

Project Description:
Partnering with the National Forest Foundation, Alcoa Foundation and American Forests are reforesting areas of Angeles National Forest damaged by a 2009 fire to improve watershed health and wildlife habitat.

Why This Project:
The Station Fire of 2009 burned 161,000 acres — or approximately 25 percent — of Angeles National Forest. The fire was so severe that it left the forest unable to regenerate naturally and put four watersheds at risk, as the loss of forest destabilized the soil, leading to increased sedimentation and pollution in a watershed that supports 33 percent of the water supply to the Los Angeles basin. Planting a combination of Douglas-fir and ponderosa, sugar, Jeffrey and Coulter pine in areas of the national forest severely burned in the wildfire helps stabilize the soil, reducing sediment and pollution to the watersheds.

Why Angeles National Forest:
Beyond being a source for 33 percent of the water to the Los Angeles basin, Angeles National Forest is also home to several federally endangered and threatened species, like the mountain yellow-legged frog, California condor and Santa Ana sucker. By replanting areas destroyed in the fire, wildlife habitat is being expanded for these at-risk species, as well as other species that live in the national forest, such as mountain lion, Nelson bighorn sheep, southwestern willow flycatcher and the two-striped garter snake.