Rincon Tree Planting 2009
SAVE THE TREES
While it is politically correct these days to talk about saving
our environment, recently thirty three volunteers rolled up
their sleeves to do something about it at the Stewards of the
Sequoia Tree Planting Trail Appreciation Day as part of Living
Green in Kern River Valley. They came in jeeps on dirt bikes and
in SUVís down the rough 4x4 road near Rincon Camp to help speed
reforestation after the McNally Wildfire incinerated 150,000
The weather was perfect as Sequoia National Forest Wildlife
Specialist Wendy Rannalf explained how to plant tree seedlings.
Volunteers worked in teams often made up of entire families to
lovingly dig, plant and then haul water to the three hundred
oak, willow and cottonwood seedlings.
Many people blame the McNally wildfire on the camper who let her
hot dog fire get out of control. However had the campfire not
started the wildfire it would have been lightening. Like most
forests across the West the Sequoia Forest is overgrown from 75
years of fire suppression combined with 30 years of
environmental lawsuits prohibiting management. It is lawsuits
promoting neglect which cause our Forests to become so overgrown
that anything will cause them to burn in ever larger unnatural
As volunteers planted trees along the Sherman Pass Jeep Road
they cleared over 30 blown down trees blocking the trail.
was not a one time event. Participating organizations such as
Bakersfield Trailblazer Jeep Club, Southern Sierra Fat Tire
Association and Stewards of the Sequoia have adopted eighteen
motorized trails. They perform thousands of hours of work each
year clearing blow downs, installing water bars to reduce
erosion and brushing trails so everyone can enjoy them.
Many thanks to the Sequoia National
Forest and Assistant Recreation Manager Bob Frenes for partnering with volunteers for tree planting and
trail maintenance projects like these. Why not join in the fun?
You can learn more about Stewards of the Sequoia and other
contact the Sequoia Forest Service at 760 379-5646.
Read more about previous Tree Plantings