Volunteers work to restore eucalyptus grove

December 8, 2008 12:45:12 PM PST
Dozens of people volunteered their time in Marin County Sunday to restore native plants to an area where a big eucalyptus grove was removed after a 2004 wildfire.

Sunday afternoon they planted native species in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Mill Valley. The restoration is meant to help protect surrounding neighborhoods.

The Tam Fire burned 1500 acres of land five years ago.

The eucalyptus grove was removed because the trees are especially susceptible to flames and pose a danger to fire crews because of falling branches.

"The trees were subsequently removed. It was a eucalyptus forest and it needs to be restored to native coastal priority of woodland coastal scrub. And, that's a long-term process that takes a lot of time," said Maria Alvarez with the U.S. National Park Service.

The replanting usually takes place in winter when the land is moist.

Another restoration day is planned Tuesday.