Do you want to get your hands dirty, revisit the Angeles National Forest AND help an ecosystem recover all at the same time? Well, you’re in luck, then, because the Angeles National Forest is giving volunteers several chances to help out over the next few weeks.

During the month of October, the ANF’s “October Harvest” continues each Sunday, removing invasive species along the Angeles Forest Highway. Two events remain, on October 17th and 24th. The events run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and volunteers are asked to meet at the Ralph’s Supermarket at 10455 Sunland Blvd. in Sunland to carpool.

These invasive species removal events will involve moderate to strenuous work, removing non-native plants by hand and with pick axes. Tools will be provided, but you should bring your own lunch, water, work pants, sturdy shoes or boots, and sunscreen.

The Forest Service asks that you call or email ahead of time so they know how many tools to bring along with them.

Contact Person: Suzanne Avila, Volunteer Partnership Coordinator
Phone: (626) 574-5224 office
E-mail: [email protected]

If you can’t make those dates, the Sierra Club is organizing trail restoration work on the First Water Trail out of Chantry Flat, which has suffered extreme erosion due to heavy summer use and switchback-cutting.

Oct 23 Sat Forest Comm/Orange Co/Lower Peaks
O: Trails Restoration: World of Chaparral – Georges Gap Trailhead to Clear Creek Fire Station. Note: Destination has been changed as follows: First Water Trail from Chantry Flat: Join the Forest Committee’s San Gabriels Trail Crew to help restore and maintain over
200 miles of trails damaged by 2009 Station Fire. Tools and instructions provided. Boots, gloves, long- sleeved shirts, and pants mandatory. Hiking distances vary. Events typically end by 3 pm. Bring lots of water, lunch, safety glasses if you have them, and enthusiasm
to work as little or as much as you want. Contact leader (email preferred) week before for destination, meeting time and location (we need headcount to provide proper number of tools).

Ron Schrantz: 714-995-8240; [email protected]
Dana Hunter: 714-962-4119; [email protected]

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