Name of Project: Spotted Owl Habitat Restoration in Angeles National Forest
Number of Trees to be Planted: 327,900
Directly Benefits: California spotted owl
· Reforest 1,967 acres
· Prevent erosion
· Provide habitat for the California Spotted Owl
· Prevent further wildfires
American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to replant areas of Angeles National Forest that have been damaged by wildfires. It will take three years to replant all of the damaged areas. In 2011 project work will include growing seedlings, preparing the site, and planting and monitoring.
This project will work to restore the critical habitat for the California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) and other threatened, endangered, or sensitive plant and animal species. The Spotted Owl’s primary habitat is forest areas that include Douglas fir. The wildfires destroyed 10% of that habitat within Angeles National Forest.
This project will also protect the local ecosystem. The site is part of the watershed at the headwaters of Los Angeles River. Soil erosion has negative effects on aquatic species in the Los Angeles River so the newly planted trees will prevent soil in and around the planting site from eroding into the river. The planting will also help prevent future wildfires by restoring the site with native tree species before the land can be taken over by non-native grasses.
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