ReLeaf Continues to be a Success!!!!

Approximately 80,000 seedlings were purchased from CALFIRE Magalia Nursery and planted during spring of 2010 in the San Bernardino Mountains, Riverside area and San Diego area affected by the 2007 wildfires. These seedlings were propagated at CALFIRE Magalia Nursery where the seeds have been previously collected in the burned areas as well as current cone crops. Volunteers for this year’s plantings were recruited through Disney’s “Give a Day” “Get a Day” volunteer program, volunteermatch.com, Hands on the Inland Empire, and local media. Due to winter weather conditions this year’s opening planting date was pushed out to mid-March. During the 2010 season corporate sponsor, Naked Juice, came out to support our project and assist in planting seedlings. Media coverage for the 2010 planting season consisted of news print, internet, and radio. The ReLeaf concept is continuing to garner public support, which has led to further inquiries for volunteerism – the 2010 volunteer bank added another 300 dedicated volunteers to the already existing 325 from previous planting seasons. The 2010 volunteers came from all over Orange, Riverside, LA and San Bernardino Counties, in addition to two volunteers returned from England to assist in planting after viewing our website from overseas. Due to the 2007 wildfires and continued bark beetle epidemic more land is being treated to prepare the sites for planting in 2010 to assist in the recovery efforts. In the San Bernardino Mountains alone over 60,000 seedlings were planted in a six week period – using volunteers and planting Crews. We are finding seedlings from our first season that are now 5 years old and approximately 3-4 feet high. We have gone back into several areas to re-evaluate the growth and success rate of this project.