California is one of 35 biodiversity hotspots around the world. Its wide range of endemic species and varied climate make it a unique place.
In this series we try to understand what makes California so special. We look into the many challenges facing the forest, population, and environment, and the solutions being employed to help the state avoid and recover from catastrophic wildfires.
Throughout this series we meet the people dedicated to ensuring California’s forests are healthy and safe. From policymakers to academics, to the tree planters and firefighters, these people are on the frontlines of the collective effort to restore California’s landscape and instill hope for future generations.
"California fires are happening in record numbers and increasing intensity. I experienced this first hand with the loss of my home to them. We must act with better initiatives of building and restorative land projects. Together, we can make massive positive changes."
Darin Olien was personally affected by the 2019 wildfire season, losing his home to the Woolsey Fire. The tragedy only solidified his conviction to make a positive impact on his home state, and the planet as a whole.
One Tree Planted and Darin are coming together to help California Recover, Restore, and Reforest with tree planting events, tree give-aways, and planting more trees in California's forests!