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We are thrilled to introduce and welcome Caitlin Firestone to our Board of Directors. Caitlin is a self proclaimed tree hugger who originally hails from the Midwest and is now based in Reno, NV. She has a Masters Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University and a background in rehabilitation education for adults …

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The Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) in South Lake Tahoe is making great strides to educate and train the skilled workforce necessary to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration and management in our region – and beyond – and has secured major funding to support its new Forestry Program and long-successful Fire Academy. LTCC initiated …

$1.4 Million for LTCC Forestry & Fire Programs Read More »

Kristianne grew up in Southern California and now calls Tahoe “home” along with her husband and two young girls. She received her doctorate in pharmacy from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and has served many communities as a pharmacist, including working at the South Lake Tahoe CVS Pharmacy. She now works remotely. Kristianne and her …

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Public and private land managers, non-profits like the Sugar Pine Foundation, and other entities have been engaged in forest restoration for decades. Yet the concept only recently gained public and political attention and the term “forest restoration” became somewhat of a buzzword when intense wildfires in 2020 and 2021 wreaked havoc across the West and …

Funding vs. Challenges in Forest Restoration Read More »

Most of our seedlings that went into the ground this fall were planted in recent burns – namely the Caldor, Tamarack and Loyalton Fire scars. Everyone remembers last year’s infamous Caldor Fire, but the Tamarack Fire was also burning just south of Lake Tahoe the month before. It scorched 68,637 acres and almost wiped out neighboring Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs State …

13,800 Trees Planted Fall 2022! Read More »

There is a bumper crop of cones on our known blister rust resistant sugar pines around Lake Tahoe this year! With the critical help of arborist Ben Cavalier and our own Edric Alvarez, we have been busy climbing these “seed trees” to collect as many of their precious cones as possible for our restoration work. …

September is Cone Collection Season! Read More »

By Terri Russell RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – Many of us may not be able to identify a Sugar Pine, but the cones can’t be missed. They sometimes grow to more than 12 inches long. It is the pinecones which may one day help the magnificent species return in full to the Tahoe Basin. At least that’s …

Sugar Pine Restoration Cone Collections on KOLO-TV Read More »

Watering baby seedlings through the hot summer months is enormously beneficial for their survival. We are seeing up to 50% greater survival on watered sites, which is terrific! We are SUPER grateful to all of our fantastic volunteers that have joined our watering events this summer on North and South Shores. Rather than attending our …

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This feature on how Michael Taylor and Steve Sillett’s team discovered the second and third tallest giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park last summer – only for the KNP Complex Fire to rip through the area just months later – is hauntingly appropriate as the Washburn Fire burns around Yosemite National Park’s Mariposa Grove of …

#2 and #3 Tallest Giant Sequoias Found – and Lost? Read More »

Tahoe Quarterly Feature on Michael Taylor and the Sugar Pine Foundation by Matt Jones California is home to some of the biggest trees in the world. Redwoods, Douglas firs and Sitka spruces that tower over the lush forests of the north coast. Giant sequoias of incomprehensible girth scattered across disparate groves of the Sierra Nevada. Stately …

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