How Many Trees Are We Planting? The Camp Fire was the most destructive fire in California history. On top of the human toll, the fire also killed as many as a million trees. We will not replace every tree that burned because Butte County's "next forest" needs to be less dense. But, we will replant a few hundred thousand trees in a fire- and climate-resilient way. Our biggest planting season will be spring 2021.
How Do I Get Trees? During the spring and fall planting seasons, we can connect you with free seedlings (oaks and conifers). Limits apply. We may also be able to help you with site prep, maintenance, brush and tree removal, and re-introducing "good fire" to your land if you want. We are your one-stop shop, the hub that brings all these programs into one place so you can get the help you need. Take our one-page reforestation survey and tell us about yourself. No matter who you are, we'll do our best to help you help the land.
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The Next Forest If we lost 1 million trees, why aren't we replanting 1 million trees? Because the next forest needs to be less dense. Historically, Butte County forests were more open. There were fewer trees per acre and it's likely more of them were oaks. So, wherever possible, we're helping landowners replant in "clumpy-gappy" patterns that mimic nature, rather than traditional close-spaced conifer plantations. And we'll help you plant oaks and a diverse genetic mix of conifers for better climate adaptation. For the average small landowner, a good slogan to keep in mind might be "Plant Trees - Not Too Many - Mostly Oaks".
Press articles about our reforestation strategy:
"Volunteers Replant Trees in Camp Fire Footprint" - Action News Now, 2/2/20
"Volunteers Plant Hundreds of trees in Paradise and Magalia" - Chico E-R 2/8/20