~ April 5, 2021 ~

Sustainable Ramona Salutes Donna and Larry Barnes:

Planting Trees to Reduce Fire Danger and Carbon Dioxide 

Sustainable Ramona salutes Donna and Larry Barnes, who have planted more than sixty trees on their property as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) that is sponsored by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. EQIP offers financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and non-industrial private forest landowners to implement conservation practices that reduce the risk of wildfires.

The Barnes planted 60 Engelmann and Coast Live Oak trees less than a foot tall. The couple qualified for the assistance by owning eligible private nonindustrial forest lands.

Donna Barnes said,

“We wanted to do something to reduce the spread of wildfires—a problem we face all too often in the Ramona area. We also wanted to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide so we’re accomplishing multiple positive advantages by planting them. EQUIP enabled us to achieve our goal.”

Sustainable Ramona is recognizing Earth Day by saluting multiple Ramona citizens who have produced sustainable projects in Ramona. Earth Day was originally conceived in the late 1960s by then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to highlight the Earth’s environment and alert us about pollution. The concept grew as a grass-roots movement and the day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It has become a worldwide event commemorated annually on that date.