The Los Angeles Fire Department began in 1911 as a special Forestry Division. The Forestry Division is involved in the conservation and protection of natural resources with its forestry programs. Their first task was directed under County Forester Stuart J. Flintham. They were to plant trees along the major avenues and roadways in the Los Angeles Basin. The early days of paved roads and automobiles had much road damage, and the maintenance was very costly. These trees were planted to shade the roadways and decrease the road damage because much of the damage was caused by exposure to hot summer weather.
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In the early 1900s, before the creation of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, the County Fire/Fish and Game Warden were responsible for controlling wildland fire, but from 1915 to 1919 the level of fire activity was reported by the Fire Warden was in a decline. When two large fires burned 135,000 acres of watershed and timber in the San Gabriel Mountains in 1919, the Board of Supervisors handed the responsibility of wildland fire control to the renamed Los Angeles County Department of Forester and Fire Warden. This agency is now known as the County of Los Angeles Fire Department.
The Forestry Division today is made up for three sections: Operations, Natural Resources, and Brush Clearance. All employees use their knowledge to serve and benefit the citizens of Los Angeles County through preserving and enhancing the environment. Employees of the Forestry Division are a group of professionals from very diverse backgrounds, such as natural resources management, forestry, horticulture, recreation and landscape architecture. With only 39 professionals, the Forestry Division does a whole lot for Los Angeles County. They are responsible for the review of environmental documents related to development and protection of oak tree resources, development of vegetation management plans and proposals, coordination of wildland fire planning, enforcement of the Department’s brush clearance program, and review of fuel modification plans.
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Los Angeles Fire Department-Forestry Division