Volunteer for Community Tree Planting


Let’s Plant 4,000 Tree Seedlings



Help us with a reforestation project at the Sierra Friends Center campus! On August 20, 2020, the lightning-started Jones Fire raged across Woolman’s campus and decimated the forest at Mel’s Pond. Quickly, a tree salvage operation occurred to recover the marketable timber, but it left a burn scar of about 75 acres on this hillside. A deep layer of mulch has covered this site for a year, helping build the health of the forest floor. Help us restore this burned forest to its majestic state once again.



The Jones Fire Raged Across this Forest



This area is designated as the Marshal Palley Memorial Forest, named for one of Woolman’s founding families. Our goal is to plant 4,000 seedlings within 10 days: Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Giant Sequoia in a patchwork of small groves.

When: 10 am – 4 pm daily

Dec. 4-5 (Sat-Sun) — Community Volunteers

Dec. 6-10 (Weekdays) — School Groups

Dec. 11-12 (Sat-Sun) — Community Volunteers

Tree planting days will be led by forest science and land management experts. We will learn from them about fire ecology in our region and silviculture reforestation methods.

    Sierra Streams Institute
    Bear Yuba Land Trust
    Under the Trees, Kevin Whitlock
    Kristen Winford, Forest Silviculturist


No experience is necessary. Volunteers must be able to walk on uneven ground and dig small holes with a spade for seedlings. May not be suitable for small children.

Out-of-town volunteers are welcome! Overnight accomodations in A-Frame cabins are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Cabin fees are waived in exchange for 2 days of planting. Meals may be purchased in our Dining Hall.

Pre-registration is required.  Click here

Or send an email with your preferred dates or desire to reserve a cabin to Volunteer Coordinator, Mei at info@woolman.org.

2 thoughts on “Volunteer for Community Tree Planting”

  1. I’m concerned that conifers will be used to replant this area. Conifers are already in an extremely higher than pre-European contact percentage compared to other species, and are not preferred by wildlife. Is the goal here to create a future timber lot instead of wildlife habitat? How ecologically sound is that?

    1. Marty Coleman-Hunt

      Good question to consider. There are 4 conservation groups guiding the planning process. They will also be doing multiple years of monitoring. 4,000 trees represent a small portion of full replacement of 125 acres lost. We will be planting in smaller groves, with a lot of open meadow space between them. Of course we then create an opportunity for invasives to fill the open areas so direct land management will be required. This is a north slope hillside that does not favor oaks.

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