Year Planted: 2005 Trees Planted: 5,573 Location: California
In the San Bernardino Mountains, approximately 12 million trees weakened by six years of drought are dead and dying due to stress and the bark beetle epidemic. In the fall of 2003, devastating wildfires swept through sections of the San Bernardino Mountains leaving behind areas with close to 100 percent tree mortality. The 'Mountain Communities Wildfire ReLeaf Project' is a long-term program (5-10 years) that will continue to develop and implement a comprehensive reforestation program in the Southern California Mountains. The mortality rate form the bark beetle epidemic will continue to increase as the infestation spreads, and the continuing threat of devastating wildfires in these areas will increase as well. American Forests worked in partnership with the Mojave Resource Conservation District, and the California Forestry department to reforest the area with 5,573 trees this year.
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