Volunteers sought to help protect pinyon pines

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. 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.

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