El Chorro Regional Park
The Grizzly Academy, a federally and state funded organization that assists at-risk high school age youth, worked with One Cool Earth on February 9th, 2008 at the El Chorro Park Ranger’s Station. The planting was initiated by Lionel when he noticed the dying row of Leyland Cypress–a tree not well suited to California that only lives for a dozen years in such a setting before succumbing to disease. However, the dying trees provide shelter to OCE’s newly planted Catalina Cherries and oaks planted between and intended to succeed them. Overall, more than 50 tree were planted on the site to provide shade for the parking lot, beautify the headquarters, and break the wind notorious in the Highway 101 corridor. The new trees will outlive their predecessors by decades, precluding replacement costs and saving money since they require little water or maintenance. The new trees enhance the park by providing habitat for local wildlife. In addition, Grizzly Academy youth received hands-on landscaping instruction and got the chance to make their lasting mark on the community.
In addition, Lionel has launched tree plantings along the golf course and in the AIDs garden at El Chorro Park, with the most recent plantings in the spring of 2012.