Thanks to the help of four Glendale volunteers, a group of seedlings in the Verdugo Mountains have a better chance to survive.
Part-time naturalist Dave Moreno and three Glendale residents carried 5-gallon water bottles up and down a mountain for nearly three hours Saturday morning as a part of a program to maintain the trees that were planted after a fire in 2005.
The bimonthly tree maintenance, spearheaded by Moreno, has been happening for three years now. But the project, he says, is an extension of a more than 50-year-old experiment to introduce nonnative but noninvasive tree species to these mountains.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service teamed up in the late 1940s to plant what is still known today as the experimental forest — two groves of pine trees that took root and thrived despite being given only about 12 gallons of water when they were first planted, Moreno said.