Name of Project: Restoring the Forest Ecosystem in Los Padres National Forest
Number of Trees to be Planted: 224,000
Directly Benefits: Wildlife (including the endangered California Condor)
· Reforest 14,000 acres
· Provide habitat for wildlife
In the most extensive project funded in 2011, American Forests is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to replant part of the Los Padres National Forest in southern California. This project will plant trees across 14,000 acres of national forest land in need of reforestation. According to a 2005 study conducted by the Forest Service, only 8% of this National Forest’s land base is still in a forested condition. In fact, the vast majority of the remaining land base is chaparral, a type of scrubland. The number of acres in a forested condition has decreased because of large fires in the Los Padres National Forest in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, which collectively burned over 900,000 acres
The Los Padres National Forest is an important area for wildlife. It includes the Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary, created in 1937. It also includes the San Rafael Wilderness Area. These areas are inhabited by species such as coyotes, black bears, mountain lions, and California condors (Gymnogyps californianus). Restoring this vital land to a forest ecosystem will benefit all these species of wildlife and more.
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