Student Conservation Association and The Home Depot Team Up on Wildfire Recovery Project

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Youth Service Initiative to Restore Angeles National Forest

By engaging young people in conservation service at the Angeles National Forest, we are strengthening both our environment and our communities.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national leader in youth service and stewardship, today introduced The Home Depot® Foundation as its primary partner in a wildfire recovery project at the Angeles National Forest.

Thirty SCA interns will repair hiking trails and campgrounds, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and remove invasive plants in areas affected by the 2009 Station Fire. The SCA interns will also coordinate the efforts of local volunteers.

The summer-long, $200,000 SCA project is supported entirely by private funding. The Home Depot Foundation will underwrite half the costs and provide necessary tools and equipment. The National Forest Foundation has issued a grant for $45,000, a sum matched by another, anonymous foundation. Patagonia stores in Pasadena and Santa Monica contributed another $7,000.

“This SCA wildfire recovery project is a terrific example of community resources pulling together for the common good,” states SCA Regional Director Jay Watson. “We are grateful to The Home Depot Foundation and our other generous partners, and to the leadership of the Forest Service. We look forward to working to restore the Angeles National Forest through a project that is both good for the land and for the community.”

“The Home Depot Foundation is proud to support SCA’s mission of building new generations of conservation leaders,” states Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “By engaging young people in conservation service at the Angeles National Forest, we are strengthening both our environment and our communities.”

This year marks 50 years of collaboration between SCA and the USDA Forest Service. In California alone, more than 200 SCA high school and college age members will serve in national forests including Angeles, Klamath, Plumas and Tahoe.

About The Home Depot Foundation
Created in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities. The Foundation's goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and greenspaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1,875 playgrounds, parks and greenspaces. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn.

About SCA
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the only national organization that develops tomorrow’s conservation leaders by providing high school and college students with conservation service opportunities in all 50 states, from urban communities to national parks and forests. Since 1957, SCA’s hands-on practice of conservation service has helped to develop new generations of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship, and save the planet. SCA is a non-profit headquartered in Charlestown, NH and maintains regional offices in Boise, ID, Oakland, CA, Pittsburgh, PA, Seattle, WA, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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