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Genevieve Villemaire is a natural leader and wears many hats in our community – including a brand new Sugar Pine Foundation cap! In addition to working full time at the US Forest Service and being a dedicated mother and outdoorswoman, Genevieve co-leads the local Cub Scout Pack 592. This spring, Genevieve and her pack came …

Spotlight on Genevieve Villemaire: Volunteer Extraordinaire Read More »

Saturday, March 19th was rainy, gray, muddy and wet, wet, wet but the conditions did not stop over 50 volunteers from planting 900 ponderosa pine seedlings in the Caldor Fire scar along Mormon Emigrant Road!  The planting was organized in partnership with the El Dorado National Forest’s Placerville Ranger District, who had already cleared and prepped …

First Planting in the Caldor Fire! Read More »

Michael Taylor and Steve Sillett measured the world’s second tallest known Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) in Redwood National and State Parks this past Saturday, March 26, 2022. The tree stands 99.3 m tall (325.8 ft) – only 0.2 m (almost 8 inches!) shy of the reigning champion that the duo discovered just this past July 2021 in a …

JUST DISCOVERED: New #2 Tallest Douglas-fir in the World! Read More »

Up in the foggy woods of northwest California, our friends Michael Kauffmann and Allison Poklemba at Backcountry Press are consistently creating beautiful books, webinars, and classes for nature lovers everywhere. Their content runs the gamut from conifers to mushrooms to glaciers to seaweed – and much more! It all started in 2012 when Michael wrote Conifer Country – an …

Introducing a New Partner: Backcountry Press Read More »

Have you been wondering why California – and the American West – has been experiencing noticeably more and larger wildfires in your own lifetime? The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) recently hosted a Forest Futures Salon titled “Wildfire 101.”  It featured Dr. Brandon Collins of UC Berkeley expounding on the factors that have led to a growing number of …

WILDFIRE 101: History & New Trends Read More »

As torrential rains replace the wildfires experienced in the western United States this year, conversations on reforestation of the summer’s burned areas in the Sierras have begun by organizations like the Sugar Pine Foundation.  The Sugar Pine Foundation is a nonprofit organization located in South Lake Tahoe that, since its formation in 2005, has been …

Sierra Nevada Ally Story on SPF Oct 31, 2021 Read More »

Our latest video offers an easy-to-understand (and adorably illustrated!) description of how blister rust works and how and why we are fighting it!  You can watch this video and many more on our very own YouTube Channel!

The Caldor Fire has wreaked havoc on our local landscapes, but we plan to be on the front lines of restoring our forests. Help us collect  Jeffrey Pine, Incense Cedar, and Sugar Pine seed to be cultivated and planted in burned areas. Cones have been “flaring” – opening up and releasing their seeds – so all you have to do …

Send us Seeds for Fire Restoration! Read More »

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