Here is a unique chance to assist rangers with forest restoration after back to back forest fires throughout California. Volunteers will be planting seeds and performing seedling preparation activities at the US Forest Service Nursery in Placerville, CA. From these growing grounds young seedlings will be distributed throughout California’s national forests to areas of recent fires.
Air quality over the Bay Area has been significantly reduced during the summers of 2008 and 2009 due to fires in our forests resulting from numerous droughts, insect damage, and decades of fuel build up. Deforestation from fire is one of the major factors of global climate change.
The carbon that we continue to produce daily through our choice of consumerism; food, energy, clothing, and general purchases needs to be removed from the air. Trees capture and hold carbon throughout their lifetime. Fires release all that carbon immediately. Forests are considered "carbon sinks". Human intervention is necessary to forest recovery. ReLeaf groups are being asked to help by either going to the nursery or planting in the forest with rangers.
Replacing burned forests is crucial to balancing nature. This is an opportunity for sustainability beyond what is normally offered to the average citizen.