Volunteer in Angeles National Forest

Be a Champion of California Native Plants and Help Weed Out Invasive Plants


Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) continues to partner with the Angeles National Forest to help eradicate weeds that are popping up and preventing native plant recovery in the wake of the Station Fire.

And you can help, too. Join a crew of staff and volunteers the second and fourth Sunday of each month June through November 2012.

The 2009 Station Fire in the San Gabriel Wilderness area was the largest fire in recorded history of the Angeles National Forest (est. 1892). The terrain is steep and extremely rugged, so this volunteer opportunity is not for the faint of heart.

A grant from the National Forest Foundation, which administers private gifts and funds for the benefit of the national forests, and funds from the USDA have enabled RSABG to hire a crew of four to do the tough work of removing weeds in remote burned areas. Now RSABG is helping to recruiting volunteers to expand the effort.

Katie VinZant, a botanist with the USDA Forest Service, Angeles National Forest, is leading the volunteer team, which aims to remove entire populations of invasive plant species in the Station Fire Area.

Working from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Mt. Gleason areas, volunteers will be removing non-native plants by hand and with pick axes (tools to be provided). Be sure to wear pants, sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen and bring lunch and plenty of water.

The USDA Forest Service, Angeles National Forest is hosting the volunteer opportunity. If you are interested, please contact Ms. VinZant by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (626) 574-5268.