San Bernardino National Forest
800,000 acres. Located in southern California
Extremes characterize The San Bernardino National Forest. Desert sands and 11,000-foot mountain peaks host life forms from the long-nosed leopard lizard to red-tailed hawks. In it are the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountain ranges, three ranger districts, and striking scenery.
The Need for Trees
The San Bernardino boasts sequoias among its firs and conifers. This forest provides valuable watershed protection and year-round recreation. Over the past several decades, disturbingly frequent wildfires have plagued the region. In October 2003, 14 major wildland fires destroyed more than 750,000 acres of forest.
What We Are Doing
Replacing native species like Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Coulter pine, and big cone Douglasfirs will help restore the San Bernardino's natural watershed. In 2009 we are planting 200,000 trees to prevent continuing drifting of silt into lakes and streams. Bald eagles and bighorn sheep will find safety in the restored habitat.