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Volunteers sought to help protect pinyon pines

September 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The U.S. Forest Service is looking for volunteers to help remove brush around the Parry Pinyon pine trees to help protect the native trees in the event of a wildfire.The pinyon trees are sacred to Native Americans. Two species of pinyon are found in the San Jacinto Mountains that are culturally important to the Cahuilla Indians and other local tribes.

Starting on the weekend of September 25-26, volunteers will help clear away brush growing near the trees.

September 25 is National Public Lands Day. The project will continue on the following two weekends: October 2-3 and October 9-10. The brush clearance will take place on the Ramona Indian and Santa Rosa Indian Reservation lands.

Volunteers are being asked to bring personal camping gear, food, water, sunscreen, gloves and a hat. For more information about volunteering and for directions, volunteers should contact Daniel McCarthy at dfmccarthy@fs.fed.us or 909-379-9332.