Reforestation & Restoration

CGCI Chairman:  Judy Unrine,
NOTE:  The project is under review.  The Board of Directors approved a moratorium on donations until the review is complete.  This  project is separate from Penny Pines and the moratorium DOES NOT affect Penny Pines donations.

What is it? 

There is always a need for funds to support the USDA Forest Service that will help the forest recover from the devastation that results from fire as well as insect and invasive plant infestation and for over 50 years CGCI has participated in and supported the Penny Pines program.
  • The Reforestation & Restoration Fund was created to assist National Forests in California with larger-scale projects such as the San Bernardino National Forest Native Plant Greenhouse
    • It is NOT a replacement for Penny Pines but an expanded opportunity for individuals, clubs and districts to support Forest Service needs.
  • A restricted fund was established for donations
    • The Reforestation Chairman will manage the Reforestation and Restoration Fund
    • Donations should be in increments of $100
  • A minimum of $5000 is to be collected for a designated project and projects will be considered in the $5,000 to $20,000 range.
  • The Reforestation Chairman will research current California USDA Forest Service needs.


  • The first project was the successful removal of Tamerisk and other invasive trees and shrubs in southern San Diego County.
  • The second project at the Rattlesnake Canyon Memorial Overlook in Mendocino National Forest has been withdrawn.  Mendocino National Forest is unable to move forward with the project.
  • A new project is being sought.




  • Donate Online (NEW: donate using credit/debit card or personal PayPal account)
  • Donation Form (Mail with check)
    • Form can be completed electronically and saved
    • Print form and mail with check, payable to CGCI (Reforestation Fund in memo line) to the address listed on form
  • CGCI will send a letter acknowledging each donation.
  • Donors will be listed in Golden Gardens eNews
  • Upon forwarding funds to a Project, CGCI will send a certificate to each donor listing the Special Project and the amount donated.