Save Our Forest
Our mission is to improve, enhance and restore Fallbrook's environment through the re-establishment of native trees.
The original “Save the Oaks” group was formed in 1972 and reenergized in 1992 to protect oaks marked for destruction on Live Oak Park Road in Fallbrook. In order to broaden its scope, the group renamed itself “Save Our Forest,” and became a branch of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy in 1993.
Click here to watch "A Necklace of Leaves," a video describing how SOF planned, implemented, and maintains a treescape spanning the whole town and how volunteers could do the same in any community.
Photos by Nancy Heins-Glaser
SOF Projects & Programs
SOF has a wide variety of ongoing projects and programs include reforesting Fallbrook Land Conservancy preserves, the Downtown Treescape project, on-going maintenance of downtown trees, Adopt-a-Tree and Adopt-a-Road programs, educational programs, workshops, and cooperating with the FLC and other environmental agencies with their programs and projects.
The SOF Nursery
For the past several years Save Our Forest has been growing trees and plants in its own nursery. They are used to revegetate the Creekside Conservation area and several Fallbrook Land Conservancy preserves including Bonsall, Dinwiddie, Engel, Heller’s Bend, Los Jilgueros and Palomares Park. Plants from the nursery are also used for educational programs with local schools.
Save Our Forest presents an environmental education program in cooperation with the Fallbrook Unified School District. Each year, five schools in the district participate in the program, which is presented in two phases. The first year, fourth grade students hear a brief presentation in the classroom, which includes the following:
- The benefits of trees and shrubs in providing a more healthful environment.
- The importance of conserving water by planting native and drought tolerant plants which can be beautiful.
- The importance of giving back to your community.
The students then learn to plant seedlings in one-gallon containers that are nurtured and maintained in the SOF nursery. The following year, these same students, now fifth-graders, travel to a preserve or other location in Fallbrook to plant the native plants.
This is the name given the most significant source of funding for SOF projects. This program was SOF’s first venture into grant applications for the downtown Community Forest. Since a humble beginning in 1995, nine grants have brought $233,951.00 to the Fallbrook Community Treescape Project.
As a part of the “Treescape Fallbrook” SOF has had a downtown tree adoption program in place for many years. How it works is that generous residents donate funds toward having a tree and plaque donated in a name that they designate. These funds covers expenses such as pruning, fertilizing, insect control and watering. Since Fallbrook is not incorporated, this is a particularly valuable maintenance service for downtown trees that otherwise would not be provided.
Legacy Endowment Fund - for Fallbrook Treescape.
An endowment fund has been created for the Fallbrook Treescape Project. This endowment fund will provide annual income to help cover project maintenance costs. The amount of income depends on the value of the fund. Donations for this fund can help it grow and increase the revenues for this important beautification project. For information about contributing to this fund, please contact us using form at right.
The success of the Save Our Forest organization rests entirely on its enthusiastic and committed volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours to SOF programs and projects. New volunteers are always welcome!
The regular meeting for Save Our Forest is on the fourth Monday of the month 7:00 p.m. at the Palomares House.
Volunteer Work Parties:
Save Our Forest work parties meet on the third Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and the last Sunday at 7:30 a.m. of the month. The groups meet at the Village Square (corner of Main St. & Alvarado) and work for 2 hours. Bring shovel, hand clippers, and loppers, if possible. Other supplies will be furnished. People interested in the community work of maintaining downtown trees can call Jackie Heyneman at 728-5395.
SOF invites community members to join their Adopt-A-Road program. The group meets the second Saturday of each month to pick up trash on Old 395 from E. Mission to Hwy 76. Meet at the entrance to Pala Mesa Resort at Tecolate Dr. at 8:00 a.m.
If you would like to volunteer with SOF, or would like to inquire about our Adopt-a-Tree program, please fill out form below and submit with your interests. Or call Jackie Heyneman at 760.728.5395.
Activities & Accomplishments
Save Our Forest Activities
- Plan, plant and care for trees in Fallbrook.
- Establish and direct a tree steward program for tree maintenance.
- Provide major pruning and insect control of planted trees.
- Establish and maintain a Junior Treescape Program.
- Raise funds through grants and special community events.
Save Our Forest Accomplishments
- Community Tree Planting - over 4000 trees planted to date!
- Dedicated Bench Installations
- Dedicated Tree Plaques
- Installation for Adopt-A-Tree Program
- Gold Leaf Award from the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture
- Recognition by National Arbor Day Foundation
- Produced "The Necklace of Leaves" educational video
- Community outreach seminars on tree planting and care.
- Provide teacher and student classroom material.
- Save Our Forest projects through Junior Treescape Programs, grades 1 through 12.
Save Our Forest Tree Trust
- Establish, maintain and invest a trust fund to provide financial support for Save Our Forest activities.