In 2004 the Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District (MDRCD) began a partnership with CALFIRE California Department of Fire and Forestry(at that time CDF)to oversee the reforestation of the San Bernardino Mountain areas devastated by bark beetle decimation and the wildfires of 2003. Out of this partnership came the creation of Mountain Communities Wildfire ReLeaf. This project grew as partners were added and the need became more noticeable. Partners involved from day one include, NRCS, Arrowhead Lake Association, Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council, Arrowhead Communities Fire Safe Council, Big Bear Valley FSC, the local Chambers of Commerce, Inland Empire RCD, American Forest, California ReLeaf, MAST, Lake Arrowhead CSD, Southern California Edison, Sempra Energy, Hearts & Lives, and Mojave Desert-Mountain RC and D.
This project is funded by grant funding from American Forest Global ReLeaf in Washington DC. Funding directly pays for the seedlings each year. From 2004 – 2011 these seedlings were propagated at California Department of Forestry Magalia Nursery where the seeds have been previously collected in the burned areas as well as current cone crops. Currently in 2012 this process is now being handled by Southern California Edison’s Forestry Division near Shaver Lake, CA. From 2004 – 2011 over 400,000 seedlings have been planted on several hundred acres of land in the mountain communities and areas of San Diego and Riverside counties.
Each season volunteers are recruited under the ReLeaf program to help plant these seedlings. On April 14, 2012, ReLeaf will kick off National Volunteer Week by getting out and planting seedlings once again on private land in the San Bernardino Mountains. With the assistance of CalFire foresters, volunteers will be trained and educated in the importance of reforestation. Key partners for the 2012 planting season are American Forest, Southern California Edison, and CalFire.
ReLeaf is proud to be sponsored and administered by
Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District
ReLeaf's efforts are funded in part by generous grants from American Forests, as well as the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Since 2004, ReLeaf Volunteers, partnering with the Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District and CAL FIRE, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, have planted nearly 300,000 native seedlings across several hundred acres of land in the San Bernardino Mountains and additional areas located in San Diego and Riverside counties. Additionally, many local nurseries participate by offering native seedlings and small trees for their customers.