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Native American naturalist Corina Roberts has taken 27,000 photographs over nearly two years of nature springing back in the fire-stripped San Gabriel Mountains.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Katie Vinzant, a botanist with the U.S. Forest Service, points to a bush poppy growing out of a canyon wall in the Angeles National Forest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A poodle dog bush grows in a burn area in the San Gabriel Mountains near Altadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Burned pines stand as testament to the ravages of the Station fire, which burned 161,000 acres.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A canyon tree frog bathes in the sun along Alder Creek.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Katie Vinzant, a botanist with the Forest Service, looks at vegetation growing near Alder Creek.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A rock rose blooms on a trail leading up to the charred forest lands near Altadena.This trail was not in the burn area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

A hiker sits to rest and snack on some of the remains of the Echo Mountain House in the lower San Gabriel Mountains, which is on a trail leading up to the burned area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

A burn area of the Station fire in the San Gabriel Mountains near Altadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel walks through a burn area in the San Gabriel Mountains near Altadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times

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The U.S. Forest Service plans to plant 3 million new trees in part of the Angeles National Forest area burned in the Station fire, a move environmentalists say could change the ecosystem.

“This will be the largest recovery effort ever undertaken in the San Gabriel Mountains,” Deputy Forest Supervisor Marty Dumpis said. “Our goal is to plant 300 trees per acre on 10,000 acres over the next five years. The new trees – Jeffrey, Coulter and Ponderosa pines and big-cone Douglas firs – are about 12 inches tall and will take 80 to 200 years to grow to full height.”

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1 Comment

  1. April 15, 2011, 3:53 pm

    controversies aside, the dedication of the players involved in the forest recovery project is inspiring; one might say a picture is worth a thousand words, 27,000 photograpghs? What a story they must tell! Both points by Ms. Roberts are valid; nature will regenerate, and, people are compelled to support that wonder of nature.

    cassarch

    By: cassarch

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