Mendocino California forest fire restoration

The Mendocino project focused on reforestation in the wake of the 2017 Redwood Valley Fire which ravaged more than 36,000 acres of forest. Mendocino County was already facing severe drought and a bark beetle infestation that killed a significant number of trees before the fires started. Our partners worked with community associations to rebuild 99 acres of privately owned land, part of which was home to famed racehorse Seabiscuit.

First Onsite team planting young trees in soil bags for reforestation


  • Trees stabilize the soil, reducing erosion and improving critical watersheds for local communities.
  • Replanting trees brings back the natural beauty of the landscape while providing clean air for health and wellbeing.
First Onsite crew working through smoky forest in a post-wildfire restoration effort.


  • Reforestation is a part of restoring the ecosystem before invasive species take over.
  • Planting native trees and supportive plants ensures that the forest that comes back includes a good mix of local species.
A white deer foraging near a fire charred tree in a recovering forest area.


  • As the trees mature they will offset the carbon released from forest coverage loss and capture further CO2 emissions.
  • By planting trees critical habitat is being restored to house the wide range of biodiversity found in the region.

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