The Hillsides of Southern California are ablaze with fires that threaten homes with destruction today by flame, and for the next two years, by mud. These next two years will be a time for communities to pull together.
Although the United States Forest Service has existed for over one hundred years on our forest, they still have no supplies of native specie seeds stored to reseed our hills. Again, they will be as they did in the early 1990's throwing invasive highly flammable non native seeds out of aircraft for soil retention in case of flood. As it was many years ago, spreading rye grass is a flawed policy and exactly the wrong thing to do. The blame, however is not all of the Forest services. Local governments approve these projects of homes built on tinderboxes on slippery slopes and never require any money or effort go from the developers or HOAs to native seed banks. This is a policy oversight that needs correction.
Mud flows at an amazing rate, and carries everything in front of it into the flow and away. Even homes that fire does not or can not destroy move aside like toothpicks when mud comes along. Back in the early 1990's the Altadena and Sierra Madre communities came together and reseeded our hills by hand with native species and erosion control blankets embedded with native seed. We saved Pasadena Glen, an unincorporated L.A. County neighborhood abutting us, but not a part of either town from certian doom. Its time to come together again to save the homes of our friends, neighbors and folks we do not yet know. This kind of necessary volunteerism is what communities are made of.