Penny Pines

...With time, land may recover naturally. but Penny Pines provides a helping hand. It is a conservation program in which everyone can participate...

National Forests in California

The national forests in California cover some 20 million acres, about 1/5 of the state.  Stretching from the Mexican border to Oregon , these forests include a variety of terrain and vegetation types. These areas of great beauty and majestic stature are often plagued by problems such as large wildfires, pests and disease.

As destructive as fires can be, disease and insect infestation destroy seven times more forest vegetation annually than fires. Forest pests are more difficult to control due to being scattered and not easily detected. With time, land may recover naturally. but Penny Pines provides a helping hand. It is a conservation program in which everyone can participate.

History of the Penny Pines Reforestation Program

In 1941, California's first Penny Pines plantation was sponsored by the San Francisco Sports-women's Association. Recognizing the great need to restore these devastated areas, the association sent their donation to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California.

Since that contribution, the number of participating groups and individuals has grown each year. They include such organizations as the Garden and Women’s Clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, civic and sportsmen’s clubs, and many others.

Why the Penny Pines donation is $68.00

At the start of the program in 1941, seedlings could be produced for about one cent each. Approximately 680 seedlings were used to plant a typical acre. For $68.00, seedlings for ten acres could be purchased. Site preparation and planting costs were met through regular Forest Service appropriations.

The Penny Pines program was so successful that money contributed to purchase seedlings soon far exceeded appropriated funds available for site preparation and for the actual planting job.  In1964, the original cooperative agreement was rewritten to provide that funds contributed under the Penny Pines program be used for reforestation, rather than solely for purchasing seedlings.

How Penny Pines helps the National Forest

Over the years these groups have contributed more than a million dollars to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program. Through these donations, more than 27 million seedlings have been planted, renewing 88,000 acres of national forest land in California--truly an outstanding achievement.

In southern California, contributions may be used to prepare plantation sites for new trees or planting seedlings grown in Forest Service nurseries throughout California. Seedlings are grown from local seeds and acorns, and replanted near the areas where the seeds were collected to improve their change of survival. The funds may also be used to maintain existing tree stands and improve wildlife habitat. Plantations are important for watershed protection, soil stabilization and shade for recreation areas. Any of these activities may be funded through Penny Pines donations.

The Penny Pines Reforestation Program plays a vital role both in renewing the national forests in California, and in multiple-use management. Trees help the ground store precious water, protect against soil erosion, and add to the scenic beauty of the national forests.

How to make donations to the Penny Pines program

A minimum donation of $68.00 may be made to a specific National Forest. The Sequoia National Forest has three Ranger Districts where Penny Pines are utilized.

The funds are deposited into a Penny Pines Reforestation account, drawn upon as improvement projects are determined by resource managers.

A certificate of appreciation and thank you note is sent to each donor.

Your donation to the Penny Pines Project will help bring new life into our National Forest!

Please support the Sequoia National Forest by including the following information and mailing it in with your tax-deductible contribution to:

Sequoia National Forest

1839 South Newcomb Street

Porterville, CA 93257

Attn: Penny Pines Coordinator

Name: ______________________________________________________________
Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________
City: ________________________________ State: _______ Zip Code: __________
Phone Number: ________________________
E-Mail Address: ____________________________________
I have enclosed a donation of $_____________
Make checks payable to: USDA Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest


Thank you for your continuing support of the Penny Pines Reforestation Program.

You make a difference!  

More Penny Pines Information:

Penny Pines on the Kern River Ranger District

Penny Pines on the Hume Lake Ranger District