National Forests in California
The national forests in California cover some 20 million acres, or about 1/5 of the state. That is equal to an area just slightly larger than the state of South Carolina. Stretching from the Mexican border to Oregon, these forests include a variety of terrain and vegetation types. These areas of great beauty and majestic stature are plagued by devastating problems, such as natural and man-caused fire, pests and disease. As destructive as fires are, disease and insect infestation destroy seven times more forest vegetation annually than fires because forests pests are scattered and not easily detected, so are harder to control. In time some land may recover naturally. Penny Pines provides a helping hand. It is a conservation program in which everyone can participate.
History of the Penny Pines Reforestation Program
In 1941, California’s first Penny Pines plantation was sponsored by the San Francisco Sportswomen’s Association. Recognizing the great need to restore these devastated areas, the association sent their donation to the Shasta-Trinity-National Forest in northern California, Since that contribution, the number of participating groups has grown each year. Organizations include, garden clubs, women’s clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, and many others. More information about the program is available at the following link:
How to get started
The chapter designates a specific national forest that you’ve selected from the list on the website. The chapter must collect at least $68.00. This is the planting cost for approximately one acre. The chapter may choose to donate, “In Memory” of someone with that person’s name on the donation. With every donation, the chapter will receive a certificate from the Forest Supervisor. Simply collect “Pennies” at your meetings, and when you’re ready, have your chapter Treasurer make a check payable to, “USDA Forest Service” and mail to your chosen forest.
Please contact Linda Ramos at: LRamos1999@aol.com