MAGALIA, Calif. - It was a good turnout Wednesday for Adopt a Forest Day at Coutolenc Park in Magalia.
Adopt a Forest Day was an idea created a month ago by a community member named Bonnie Webber.
The idea was to bring neighbors together and help care for their forest.
Community members of all ages brought their loppers and garden tools, to thin vegetation and help prevent the growth of future wildfires.
"We have experienced so many wildfires in the north state and we know that part of that is that the forests are over grown and so this effort is to thin out the vegetation that's coming back after we've already tried to thin it out once and this is sort of a maintenance effort to keep the forest healthy," said Calli-Jane DeAnda, executive director with the Butte Fire Safe Council.
DeAnda said their goal is to make enough space between trees and get rid of any shrubs on the ground that could cause a fire ladder.
This specific area is also very close to paradise lake, so these efforts are also to keep their drinking water clean and contained.
"So one of the biggest challenges to our community efforts is this plant called scotch broom," DeAnda said. "It's very volatile, it has a lot oil so when it burns it burns very hot and its very hard to eradicate it because the seeds last for thirty years. This whole area will need community help to come back year after year and just keep on top of thinning those out as they sprout up until we've exhausted the seed bank."
The clean up crew included a group of Ridgeview High School students called the Ridgeview Rangers. They are a group of students who tend to the community through service events, like Adopt a Forest.
"It means a lot to us, I mean it feels good to get out and help people with the things that they need help with and like helping the fires, it's a great opportunity for us to mingle with other people and actually get involved with the community," said Kylie and Max, with Ridegview Rangers.
There will be many more Adopt a Forest events this year, if you're interested in getting involved, CLICK HERE.