Send us Seeds for Fire Restoration!

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 PineIncense 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 is collect the seed from the ground, parking lots or your driveway!  Jeffrey Pine seeds are easiest to collect in this way.  Incense Cedars have little conelets that you can collect from the ground or the tree.  Look for little brown winged seeds similar to Jeffrey pine seeds pictured above under sugar pine trees.

From left to right, we need: Jeffrey Pine, Incense Cedar and Sugar Pine seed.
For more info on each species, click the links!

Seeds received by October 1st will earn you a raffle ticket to win a Patagonia prize!

Important Instructions!

  • Please only send or drop off seeds that have been removed from the cone and de-winged
  • Please label where the seeds were found
  • If you would like to be entered into a raffle to win a Patagonia prize, include your name, phone number, and email address with your seeds

Send Us Your Seeds!

Sugar Pine Foundation
1458 Mt Rainier Dr. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Drop off at the Front Door or Mailbox

Drop Off Your Seeds!

A box marked “Seed Collection” will also be available at the following locations until Oct 1:

Truckee Drop Off Only Location
Villager Nursery
10678 Donner Pass Rd. Truckee, CA 96161
Drop off box outside store front

Incline Village Drop Off Only Location
Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Office at Parasol
948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV 89451
Drop off box at bottom story main entrance

We will happily continue to accept your seeds after October 1st, but you will not be entered to win a prize.

11 thoughts on “Send us Seeds for Fire Restoration!”

  1. Hi,

    Where are you growing these seeds? I live in Strawberry and would like to see some trees come back this way?



    1. CalForest Nursery in Etna, CA grows all of our seedlings for us. They do a great job! We will certainly be helping to reforest the Caldor Fire burn scar -including the Strawberry area – when conditions allow.

  2. We live in Zephyr Cove, south Lake Tahoe. I usually hike up behind our local library where there are a group of scattered sugar pines. I collect sugar pine cones around September/October every year. I have lived here for 5 years. This is the first year I have witnessed no new sugar pine cones on the trees or ground this year. The trees were really dry as well. We had such warm temperatures this summer and was wondering if this was the cause.

    1. This is a very hard question to answer with any certainty. Sugar pines usually produce cones every two years, and while drought and climatic stress can definitely affect their cycles it is impossible to say why you’ve noticed a low cone year.

  3. What is the best way to take the wings off the cedar seeds? They are pretty small seeds and I don’t want to harm the seeds in the process. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lauren – you can send us the whole seed pod. The professionals at the nursery can extract the seed effectively. Thanks for asking!

  4. Have lots of incense cedar seeds pods. Are you still collecting? If yes, can I drop off at Villager Nursery? Thanks!

    1. Hi Marion,
      You can send us the seed at:
      Sugar Pine Foundation
      1458 Mt. Rainier Dr.
      South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

      Thanks for collecting!

    1. We hope to accommodate potential climate change by planting a mix of native conifers from both immediate and proximal seed zones for any given site depending on the forester’s planting prescription. Jeffrey pine, incense cedar, white fir and (of course) sugar pine have various adaptations to heat, drought, soil variations and moisture/precip. Jeffrey pine in particular are expected to do well in hotter, drier conditions and poor soils.

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