Today, Fresno County District 5 Supervisor, Nathan Magsig and his staff will be distributing several thousand sugar pine seedlings for free at the Dunlap School located off Highway 180 and Dunlap Road. The seedlings are available at no cost to those interested and distribution will take place from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM, or until supplies run out.
This effort, a partnership between the California Department of Fire and Forestry (Cal Fire) and County of Fresno, aims to alleviate some of the devastation of drought, wildfires and bark beetle, all of which have left more than 20 million trees either dead or dying in the Sierras.
The campaign to provide free seedlings for affected areas has brought nearly 9,000 seedlings to Fresno County to be distributed to the public. In the two weeks since this program began, the County has been able to find permanent homes for nearly 2,500 young seedlings in the Eastern Fresno County communities of Shaver Lake and Squaw Valley.
Although the results mark strong progress in this effort, the work is not yet finished. The County is asking for the public’s assistance to ensure that these seedlings are put to good use and given a fighting chance at survival.
If you have a property in need of sugar pine trees, now is your opportunity to get them in the ground.
Join Supervisor Magsig at the Dunlap School – 39667 Dunlap Rd., Dunlap, CA 93621 – this evening from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM to claim seedlings and help in the effort to reforest affected areas.