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Penny Pines Restoration Saving Forests $68 At A Time
The National Garden Club and the USDA Forest Service have formed a partnership sustaining our national and urban forests through the Penney Pines reforestation/forest education program.
Local Garden Clubs are encouraged to participate in a meaningful and practical conservation project by contributing $68.00 to a Penny Pines plantation as part of the costs of replanting replacement trees indigenous to a particular damaged area. Whether by fire or by other natural catastrophe, pine trees and other trees are replaced.
Under a conservation agreement, the forest service will do the planting, using garden club donations together with federal funds, and will provide to the plantation the same protection from fires, insects, and disease given other forested areas. The plantations are a part of the regular national forest reforestation program planted on burned-over and brush-covered areas which are potentially productive timberlands. Planting sites are selected by the supervisor of each national forest. These plantations provide soil protection, watershed protection, soil stabilization, future harvestable timber, as well as beauty and shade for recreation.
The Long Beach Garden Club budgets $272.00 annually to support 4 Penny Pines plantations.  In southern California, contributions may be used to prepare plantation sites for new trees or for planting seedlings grown in Forest Service nurseries throughout California. Seedlings are grown from local seeds and acorns, and replanted near the areas where the seeds were collected to improve their chance of survival. Funds are raised via member and guest Penny Pines contributions at each LBGC meeting.
 
Horticultural Scholarship
The Long Beach Garden Club budgets $1000 annually to be given as a scholarship to a student studying Horticulture at LBCC, the funds to be used to offset college costs. LBCC Horticulture students apply for the scholarship and the scholarship recipient is selected by the LBGC Scholarship Committee.  Scholarship funds are raised primarily by LBGC member and guest attendance at Spring Scholarship Teas, summer gatherings and opportunity horticulture drawings at monthly meetings.
 
Long Beach Rosie The Riveter Park And Interpretive Center Service Project
This three acre park located at 4900 E. Conant Street in Long Beach in an east side neighborhood, adjacent to the former Douglas Aircraft Plant. The park includes a walking path with a historical time line etched in the pavers along with symbols and quotations detailing the events of World War II. A memorial acknowledging that "All Gave Some and Some Gave All" during World War II in the military and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), is tucked into a grove of trees and surrounded by flowers. 
On the 4th Monday of each month, an LBGC volunteer work party meets in Rosie the Riveter Park for one hour to cut roses, rake up pine needles, weed around plants, cut back bushes, and generally tidy up the landscape to give visitors a tranquil spot at which to sit and reflect. We will switch to fall/winter hours beginning in September, meeting at 9 a.m. on September 25, 2017,  October  23 and November 27. All volunteers are welcome.
 
Sempervirens Fund: Conserving Redwood Forests
Since 1900, Sempervirens Fund has permanently protected more than 53 square miles of redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains at Big  Basin Redwoods State Park and beyond, by raising more than $50 million to purchase and protect forest lands. These lands provide critical wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and opportunities for us all to go out and enjoy the incredible local redwood forests.  By pooling funds from donors, Sempervirens Fund can buy land, establish conservation easements and negotiate trail easements. 
CGCI has officially been involved with the Sempervirens Fund since 1975 and CGCI donations have helped to protect over 200+ acres of Redwood forest land for future generations! LBGC is proud to be a part of this conservation effort. Funds are raised by LBGC member dues as well as Ways and Means activities.
 
St. Gregory's Food Bank
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, which hosts LBGC monthly meetings, runs a volunteer “shelf stable” Food Bank that distributes bags of food to needy Long Beach clients. The church distributes food to 50-70 clients on the first Wednesday of each month. LBGC members are encouraged to bring “shelf stable” products from the Food Bank shopping list to support this local program.
 
CGCI President's Project 2017-19: Sustainable, Ever-Growing Scholarships
Donations to the President’s Project will be split equally between the CGCI Scholarship/Donations and Life Memberships Fund and the CGCI Scholarship Endowment Fund.  The first portion will allow CGCI to increase the amount of money awarded OR the number of scholarships awarded starting with the 2019 scholarship year.  The second portion will remain as investment “seed money” to fund additional scholarships or increase the dollar amount awarded.LBGC is proud to support the CGCI Scholarship Endowment. Funds are raised by LBGC member dues as well as Ways and Means activities
 
El Dorado Nature Center
The Long Beach municipal parks system began in 1888 when the City established Pacific Park. Post WW II expansion saw the construction of a number of new recreation facilities including a five-year land purchasing effort that created El Dorado Regional Park, situated along the San Gabriel River in northeast Long Beach. El Dorado Nature Center was begun in 1969, giving visitors a chance to experience a genuine wildlife habitat and forget they're in the City. Now the center's two lakes, stream and trails winds through grassland and forested areas that are home to foxes, gophers, turtles and hawks. LBGC is proud to support the Center's mission. Funds are raised by LBGC member dues as well as Ways and Means activities.
 
Mother Nature's Backyard: A Water-wise Demonstration Garden
Mother Nature’s Backyard demonstrates use of water-wise native plants, rainwater capture/infiltration and efficient irrigation methods. The garden looks like a local Southern California backyard with a shady porch, shade trees and colorful flowers.  Educational materials target home gardeners as well as landscape professionals. Construction of the garden began in 2011. The Garden was designed and is maintained by the Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve and community volunteers. The Friends provide environmental, scientific and educational opportunities to the community, favoring hands-on teaching, learning by doing and getting hands dirty. LBGC is proud to support the Garden's mission. Funds are raised by member dues as well as Ways and Means activities.
 
South Coast Botanical Garden
South Coast Botanic Garden is one of the world’s first botanical gardens to be developed over a sanitary landfill. The Garden is a masterpiece of creative land reclamation. A variety of garden clubs and societies meet at the Garden, i.e. African Violet, Begonia, Bonsai, Cactus, Geranium, etc. A number of flower shows are hosted annually. The mission of the Garden is to provide a unique horticultural and wildlife habitat experience, and to represent a model of excellence for land reclamation and sustainability. LBGC is proud to support the Garden's mission. Funds are raised by member dues as well as Ways and Means activities.
 

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