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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. …

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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 …

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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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OUR NEW PROGRAM ASSISTANT & LEAD WATER WARRIOR We are thrilled to have Lauren Benefield on our team this summer – and (hopefully) beyond! She immediately applied to our summer part-time job opportunity and, when we met her, we knew that she’d be the perfect person to lead our summer Watering Evenings and offer general operational …

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“After driving up and seeing the devastation, it was actually bittersweet,” says Malfa. “We are happy to come up here, but we would of rather not of had to come up here,” he says. But Dylan and his friends are undeterred. Each was asked to plant 10 to 12 seedlings in this area cleared out …

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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 »

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