Despite concerns from some critics that plans to plant 3 million trees in the fire-scarred Station fire burn area could alter the ecological balance of the region, officials at an unveiling ceremony on Friday said time is of the essence.
The trees will go to an area of roughly 10,000-acres in the Angeles National Forest that was all but denuded by the massive Station fire. Below the burn area, foothill residents have been living in fear of mudflows and rockslides that threaten with every rain storm. With vegetation still on the rebound, there’s little to hold the earth in place on the area’s steep hillsides.
“I am all for whatever the Forest Service can do to help restore the watershed and keep mud and debris from flowing into our residents' homes and yards and on to our city streets,” La Cañada Flintridge City Councilwoman Laura Olhasso said.
Mudflows in 2010 destroyed homes, cars and clogged debris basins.