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Our latest video on Sugar Pine Cone Collections offers an educational overview of why and how the Sugar Pine Foundation collects cones from sugar pine trees in order to restore the species.  You can watch this video and many more on our very own YouTube Channel!

We love getting correspondence from  sugar pine fans.  Dennis Babson recently wrote us the story of how he came to know and love  sugar pines as a young boy: I saw my first sugar pine in 1952.  I was 7 and my family was in the process of moving to Grass Valley, CA.  I remember the …

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Successful Seed Collection Despite Forest Closures On September 15, amidst much smoke and many wildfires that had shut down all activity on US Forest Service Lands – including our customary cones collections – we posted a simple plea on our Facebook page: “WE NEED HELP! The Jeffrey pine seeds are helicoptering down everywhere in Tahoe-Truckee …

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Professional Arborist and Volunteer Extraordinaire Wildfires, forest closures  and equipment issues cropped up for us right when we needed to access our resistant seed trees to collect cones in mid-September.  The recurrent theme this year, however, seems to be: overcoming unexpected challenges with ingenuity and community support to carry out our mission. Enter Zach Armstrong: owner-operator of Armstrong Tree Service, who has …

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It’s that time again: kids are headed “back to school” or are in school already! We know most youngsters are still learning from home these days, so we’ve put together a fun, new lesson on how to germinate and grow seedlings from seed!  The Grow Your Own Sugar Pine From Seed Lesson is on our At-Home Activities page.This is …

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Neighbors Jerry Rudd and Lauri Kemper working together. Jerry Rudd is 81 years old.  Every day, he takes a morning walk on the wooded trails near his house.  It is a daily exercise routine with a purpose: to water and care for 14 baby sugar pine seedlings that he has adopted, thanks to his neighbors, …

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Living With Wildfire

Summer is here and – despite COVID19 – families are road tripping near and far! But have you ever heard of taking a family Tree Vacation?! In the 1960s, Ralph and Patricia Erwin of Federal Way, WA began a unique version of the typical summer family road trip: they went on Tree Vacations! The goal …

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SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! Baby seedlings need your help to get through the hot, dry months ahead!  Here’s what you can do to help your babies make it through the summer heat. PAY ATTENTION!If possible, check on your seedlings at least once a week!Keeping an eye on your seedlings is the critical first step in and …

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Celebrate Earth Day and Become a Citizen Scientist! Since April is Citizen Scientist Month and many of you will be celebrating Earth Day by picking up seedlings to plant this Saturday, we invite you to become a Citizen Scientist by joining our BRAND NEW Sugar Pine Restoration Monitoring Project on CitSci.org! Anyone at any age can join our project …

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