San Bernardino National Forest
300,000 trees | Located in southwestern California
The San Bernardino National Forest is comprised of three Ranger Districts spanning 676,666 acres in San Bernardino and Riverside counties in southern California. The San Bernardino National Forest contains a large number of unique ecological communities and is also among the highest in the nation for recreational use due to its location northeast of the Los Angeles Basin. The San Bernardino National Forest as public land was set aside for the conservation of natural resources such as trees, water, minerals, livestock range, recreation, or wildlife.
Need for Trees
In 2007 the Butler II Fire burned near the mountain community of Big Bear which is located within the Santa Ana watershed. The tree plantings are critical to the recovery of an area that has been significantly deforested. Large portions of the Butler II Fire area burned at stand replacing severity levels, destroying most of the seed source. The benefits include stabilization of the local soils, improved storage and release of high quality water to the surrounding communities, and restoration of wildlife habitat for several sensitive species.
Through our partnership with Enterprise and the US Forest Service, we can help replant 300,000 sugar pine and jeffrey pine trees in a critical watershed with heavy recreational use. The eighteen national forests in California cover only 20% of the land in the State but produce almost half the state's runoff water. Because so much of California's water comes from the national forests, the health of the California forest ecosystems and watersheds is critical. Many of California's national forests were created specifically to safeguard and preserve water supplies. The Santa Ana watershed begins in the mountains of San Bernardino National Forest and consists mainly of snowmelt and storm runoff. It is crucial that the water is of high quality in the mountain region because in the end, it makes its way to the drinking water for millions of residents in southern California.