"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." - Greek Proverb

We apply for and receive an Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) cost-sharing grant to reforest a portion of our property. This three-year project consists of brush clearing, tree pruning, and seedling planting.
{Before - Path] [After - Path]
Before - the path is overgrown with Scotch Broom, a non-native, highly-flammable, invasive plant. After - clearing out the brush helps the trees to grow better. The small Douglas Fir at left of center is one of the many trees that we uncovered.
{Before - Meadow] [After - Meadow]
Before - the pond and ravine are obscured by the overgrowth of Scotch Broom, a non-native, highly-flammable, invasive plant. After - the Scotch Broom is gone and Ponderosa Pine, Incense Cedar, and Sierra Redwood (Giant Sequoia) seedlings are planted.
[Before - Pond] [After - Pond]
Before - the edges of the pond are blocked with a thick tangle of Blackberry vines and the large Ponderosa Pines are surrounded with a thicket of suppressed growth. After - the pond and area around the trees are opened up to encourage tree growth and make it more accessible.
[The planting crew]
Janey puts the finishing touches on the planting. There is a nice stand of Black Oak at the top of the photo and mature Pondorosa Pine to the right. The planting crew, still happy and unfazed by all their hard work, has lunch by the pond.


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