The Children’s Forest Great Seeds Restoration Program exists to restore remote and recreational sites that have been disturbed or denuded by fire, bark beetle infestation, erosion, and human impacts on our local mountains. The program was launched in 2005 and has quickly become a vital component of our ongoing restoration work.
The Children’s Forest Great Seeds Forest Restoration Program is designed to grow and plant native shrubs and trees for damaged sites.
Under the direction of Children’s Forest naturalists, US Forest Service Botanists and adult community mentors, youth volunteers are trained in a hands-on experiential environment to complete the necessary forest restoration on barren landscapes. This includes working at the greenhouse and tree nursery facilities, participating in native plant workshops, and working at project sites to learn the complex components of restoration including native plant identification, seed collecting and propagation, project monitoring, care and evaluation.
Youth and adult volunteers collect seed, propagate seeds, care for greenhouse facilities, plant trees, remove invasive weeds, monitor and care for restoration sites, and maintain trails and recreation sites - completing restoration work from start to finish.
Sign-up below to join one of our monthly volunteer events.
For more information about volunteering or to set-up a group volunteer day, please contact:
March 3, 2014 - The Southern California Mountains Foundation, formerly the San Bernardino National Forest Association, developed an application for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the upcoming 2013/2014 grant cycle. We developed a preliminary application to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division which includes a strong emphasis on education both on and off the forest, printing of educational materials including San Bernardino National Forest OHV Guides and restoration of unauthorized routes in the Baldy Mesa OHV area through barricade installation, direct seeding, chunking and slashing. These proposals complement the San Bernardino National Forests proposals for Development of the Baldy Mesa trails and staging area and are in-line with the San Bernardino National Forest Land Management Plan.
The grant applications will be posted on the OHMVR website on March 4, 2014. To review the grant applications submitted, click on this link or paste it into your browser: http://olga.ohv.parks.ca.gov/egrams_ohmvr/user/home.aspx
The 30-day public review and comment period for the 2013/2014 Grants and Cooperative Agreement Program begins March 4, 2014, and ends April 7, 2014. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review the preliminary applications submitted to the OHMVR Division for consideration during the current grant cycle. The public may provide comments to both the applicant and the OHMVR Division by emailing Stacy Gorin at firstname.lastname@example.org and copying the OHVMR Division at OHVinfo@parks.ca.gov. You may also send written comments, suggestions, or letters of support for the application to Stacy Gorin, Southern California Foundation, PO Box 69, Fawnskin, CA 92333.
The Southern California Mountains Foundation will also host a public meeting on March 12, 2014 to discuss the grant applications and hear your thoughts. This meeting will be held at Sizzler in Corona, CA 1461 S. Rimpua Ave. from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there.