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The National Forests Foundation ...
at work for America's forests and communities
Founded by Congressional charter in 1991, the National Forest Foundation (NFF) engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System. Our National Forests provide us with numerous benefits, including:
• 133,000 miles of hiking trails.
• Fresh water for more than 3,400 communities.
• Habitat for hundreds of wildlife species, from bears to elk, cranes and trout.
• 95 wild and scenic rivers.
• Millions of acres of trees to help absorb and offset carbon emissions.
With more than 450 local partner organizations and 75,000 volunteers, the NFF works to protect and enhance these many values. Together with our partners, we have completed more than 1,300 projects and have:
• Engaged more than 15,000 youth in outdoor stewardship projects
• Treated 110,000 acres to remove noxious weeds, improving critical wildlife habitat
• Reduced fire hazard on more than 79,000 acres
• Planted 3 million trees, helping restore wildfire-burned landscapes
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The health of America's National Forests depends on people who care about the future of this unique system of public lands. The Friends of the Forest program helps create an informed, caring constituency for our National Forests, and reaches out to build awareness of the issues and values surrounding our National Forests. For more information about resources, recreational and volunteer opportunities, and to subscribe to the electronic newsletter tree-mail™, visit

The Olla: A Brief History

Olla (Spanish, pronounced ���oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.

When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.

The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.

Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!

How it Works:

Water is pulled directly through the terra-cotta!

Read more about Ollas on our blog.

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