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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 »

When we started a new initiative to collect needles from sugar pines around Truckee for genetic testing this spring, our old friend Tom Moore stepped right up to help out. Tom has lived, worked and skied around Truckee ever since a momentous ski trip lured him westward from Boston in 1999. He was a ski …

Spotlight On Tom Moore Read More »

As the Caldor Fire rages on the Eldorado National Forest, the Sugar Pine Foundation headquarters in Meyers, CA has been evacuated – and our friend Dean Davis’s hair-raising account of how he lost his home in last year’s Slater Fire echoes in our minds and feels all too close for comfort. Dean has been a friend and partner …

When Wildfires Rage, Friends Lose Homes Read More »

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