Volunteer for Community Tree Planting

 

Let’s Plant 4,000 Tree Seedlings

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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

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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.

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    Sierra Streams Institute
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    Bear Yuba Land Trust
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    Under the Trees, Kevin Whitlock
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    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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