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In the San Bernardino National Forest San Bernardino National Forest has two main divisions which are the San Bernardino Mountains on the easternmost of the Transverse Range, and the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains on the northernmost of the Peninsular Range. 85 miles east of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. is a patch of forest that died in flames In Flames is a melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden founded in 1990. Along with Dark Tranquillity and At the Gates, they pioneered what is now known as melodic death metal. 23 years ago, was replanted and brought back to life, and has been cared for ever since by boys and girls boys and girls
A 20-acre enclave perched on a 7,000-foot saddle of Keller Peak, the National Children's Forest is visited mostly by children on school or summer-camp field trips. There they learn that this forest now grows just one generation after its predecessor was consumed by one of the fastest-moving fires in history. The Bear Fire, erupting from an illegal open campfire on November 13, 1970, burned 28,000 acres in eight hours--that's an acre a second.
George Hesemann fought that fire as a summer ranger and has been its caretaker ever since. He selected the site for the Children's Forest in 1971 and manages it as founder and executive director of the Rim of the World Interpretive Association, based at Lake Arrowhead, California Lake Arrowhead is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County, California, USA. It lies within a census-designated place (CDP) by the same name. The population of the CDP was 8,934 at the 2000 census. . Hesemann, now 67 and a retired science teacher, does all this as a volunteer. His all-volunteer group cares for the Forest--and operates Heaps Peak Arboretum arboretum: see botanical garden.
Place where trees, shrubs, and sometimes herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. An arboretum may be a collection in its own right or a part of a botanical garden. and staffs two fire lookouts--with the U.S. Forest Service.
Hundreds of Boy and Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls--mobilized by Hunt-Wesson Foods and the Forest Service--spent two years establishing the Children's Forest, planting trees and grasses and building trail. "Some of the kids were crippled, some had to be carried in, some suffered from terminal illness," Hesemann recalls. "But they were thrilled to play a part in restoring the forest."
The work included wheelbarrowing in 197 tons of material to build a trail for those in wheelchairs and for the blind. Standard and braille signs describe the flora and fauna along the trail. "Listen to the voices of the meadows," says the sign at one stop, where you hear the pleasant cacophony of mountain chickadees, bluebirds, towhees, and other birds.
Two similar forests have been established in other parts of the country: the Eastern Children's Forest near Covington, Virginia, in the George Washington National Forest, and the Missouri Children's Forest in the Mark Twain National Forest near Willow Springs.