GROVELAND, Calif. (AP) _ The U.S. Forest Service is looking for a few good pinecones.

They need the seeds to restore about 1 million acres of Northern California forests destroyed by fire in the past two years.

Officials of Stanislaus National Forest on Tuesday unveiled their so-called ''loan-a-cone program'' at a ranch here where the owners have offered cones from 23 high-quality Ponderosa pines.

''We desperately need the help of private landowners who have the cones on their trees that match our criteria,'' said Mike Rutty, a regeneration specialist for the Forest Service.

Officials hope to gather 1.5 tons of seeds from private landowners. That's about 35 percent of what they need to plant about 8.5 million trees on 811,000 acres in the Stanislaus, and 170,000 acres in the Shasta-Trinity national forests.