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Over 160,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest were burned in the historic Station Fire of 2009. It was the largest such fire in the modern history of Los Angeles County. The Angeles Forest is a vital part of Los Angeles, providing the county with -- among many other things -- 35% of its drinking water, and 72% of its open space. What happens in this forest has a very direct impact on the lives every resident of Los Angeles.
Now after a year of study and preparation, it's time to go to work. Beginning in February 2013, TreePeople and the U.S. Forest Service will continue the five-year project to restore areas within the Station Fire region that cannot recover on their own. TreePeople volunteers will be responsible for planting nearly 75,000 of the seedlings scheduled for the Angeles.
This massive volunteer effort, known as Forest Aid: Angeles, is a follow-up to another post-wildfire project in the San Bernardino National Forest, where volunteers working under a partnership of TreePeople, the San Bernardino National Forest Association and the Forest Service planted nearly 50,000 seedlings during the years 2009 and 2010.