The State and Private Forestry Regional staff assists states, tribes, communities, resource managers and non-industrial private landowners by providing technical and financial assistance to help sustain forests and protect communities from wildland fires. In the Pacific Southwest Region, State and Private Forestry assists landowners in the States of California and Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Islands of American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
State and Private Forestry is the federal leader in providing technical and financial assistance to landowners and resource managers to help sustain the nation's forests and protect communities and the environment from wildland fires.
State and Private Forestry programs bring forest management assistance and expertise to a diversity of landowners, including small woodlot, tribal, state, and federal, through cost-effective, nonregulatory partnerships. The staff plays a key role, along with others within the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior, in implementing the National Fire Plan to manage the mpacts of wildland fires on communities and the environment.
Over the years, Garden Clubs, Womens' Clubs and other organizations have contributed more than a million dollars to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program. Through these donations, more than 27 million of seedlings have been planted, renewing 88,000 acres of national forest land in California.
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 chance of survival. Plantations are important for watershed protection, soil stabilization and shade for recreation areas.
The Penny Pines Reforestation Program plays a vital role both in renewing the national forests in California. Trees help the ground store precious water, protect against soil erosion, and add to the scenic beauty of the national forests.