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NV Energy makes donation to Tahoe’s Penny Pines program

Rita Mustatia, a forest silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, accepts a Penny Pines donation from Kevin Grogan and Gerald Fassett of NV Energy at the Angora Fire Penny Pines Plantation.
Courtesy / U.S. Forest Service |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit received a $6,000 donation from NV Energy for its Penny Pines program, which will be used to fund tree plantation sites including the Angora Fire area.

“Environmental respect is one of the core principles of NV Energy,” said BJ Viglione, NV Energy’s supervisor of vegetation management. “We want to help provide for a viable and healthy forest.”

The Penny Pines Program was established in 1941 with the goal of restoring forest areas devastated by wildfire, flood and other disasters.

The Forest Service uses funds to purchase tree seedlings and related materials, and may also use the funds to maintain existing tree stands.

These plantations provide soil protection, watershed protection and soil stabilization, as well as beauty and shade for recreation.

“We greatly appreciate this generous donation that will enable us to continue enhancing the Angora area for the enjoyment of the public,” forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais said.

For more information on the Penny Pines program, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/pennypines.

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