Nonprofit raised $19,000 in support of campaign to plant 10,000 seedlings in the Tahoe Basin, teach more volunteers about forest health
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (April 2, 2019) – The nonprofit Tahoe Fund announced today it has surpassed its goal to raise $15,000 in support of the Sugar Pine Foundation’s campaign to plant 10,000 seedlings in the Tahoe Basin and teach more volunteers about the sugar pine species and forest health. Thanks to its generous donors, the Tahoe Fund will contribute $19,000, or 4,000 seedlings, to the cause, joining the Bently Foundation, Patagonia, Rose Foundation and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation in supporting this program.
“Healthy trees are critical to healthy forests, and historically, sugar pines have made up 25 percent of the forest around Tahoe based on logging receipts from the 1800s. Today they make up less than 5 percent,” said Katy Simon Holland, Tahoe Fund Chair. “The importance of this program is not just in planting the trees, but in getting the community involved in the actual tree plantings so they can learn about the benefits of heathy forests and become better stewards of Tahoe’s forests.”
Tahoe’s beloved pines have been decimated by a combination of historic logging, fire suppression which favors other species, and native and non-native growth. The Sugar Pine Foundation is dedicated to saving Lake Tahoe’s beloved sugar pines and other white pines from blister rust by educating and involving Tahoe area students and community members of all ages in forest health initiatives.
“The Sugar Pine Foundation is extremely grateful to the Tahoe Fund for raising almost $20,000 to support the planting of sugar pines,” said Sugar Pine Foundation Executive Director Maria Mircheva. “We are so happy to create life in the forest by planting tree seedlings in fire scars and other restoration projects. Furthermore, we are excited to plant seeds in people’s minds about the health, beauty and importance of our local forests by involving community volunteers and school groups in our work. These funds will not only support work on the ground, but also developing future stewards of the forest.”
The Sugar Pine Foundation’s goal is to plant 10,000 new seedlings in the next two years with the help of the local community of residents, visitors, school children and service organizations. Volunteer plantings will be scheduled at the Emerald Fire and Angora Fire scars, as well as at Spooner Summit, Sand Harbor, Tahoe Vista, and along the new Incline Village bike path. Community members who participate in these efforts will learn the importance of conserving native species and the role we can have on enhancing forest health.
“On behalf of the Tahoe Fund and our generous donors, I’m thrilled that we were able to exceed our fundraising goal and contribute to such a worthy initiative. Healthy forests are diverse in their species composition and this effort will help put our forests in a better position,” continued Simon Holland.
About Tahoe Fund
The Tahoe Fund was founded in 2010 to work with the private community to support environmental improvement projects that restore lake clarity, enhance outdoor recreation, promote healthier forests, improve transportation and inspire greater stewardship of the region. Through the generous support of private donors, the Tahoe Fund has leveraged more than $2 million in private funds to secure more than $40 million in public funds for more than 30 environmental projects. The projects include new sections of the Lake Tahoe Bikeway, restoration of watersheds, removal of aquatic invasive species, forest health projects, public beach improvements, and stewardship programs. Learn more at www.tahoefund.org.
About the Sugar Pine Foundation
The Sugar Pine Foundation was founded in 2004 as a grassroots effort to restore sugar pines and other white pines in the Lake Tahoe region. White pines are being decimated by a non-native invasive pathogen called white pine blister rust. The Sugar Pine Foundation identifies seed trees naturally resistant to the pathogen and plants their progeny. By involving volunteers in tree planting, SPF educates them about the importance of conserving native species and people’s role in enhancing forest health. Over the past 10 years, the Sugar Pine Foundation has planted over 100,000 tree seedlings with the help of over 7000 volunteers. Learn more at http://www.sugarpinefoundation.org
Jess Weaver, JVP Communications for Tahoe Fund
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