Some sugar for Mother Earth |

Some sugar for Mother Earth

Isaac Brambila
Martin Rubio, outreach coordinator for the Sugar Pine Foundation, plants a sugar pine with Ben Jaeger, 6, Wednesday at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course.
Isaac Brambila/Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Ben Jaeger, 6, Spencer Chen, 6, and Caleb Hurst, 5-”and-three-quarters,” ran straight for the shovels as they began their Earth Day activity Wednesday at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

They were helping Martin Rubio, outreach coordinator for the Sugar Pine Foundation, volunteer Courtney Cichowicz and Bobby Jaeger, Superintendent at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, plant sugar pine trees – 30 of them – at a space of the golf course designated for native vegetation.

The children scattered around the plant site digging holes for the new trees, not always at the ideal place, and helped place nutrients and pack soil.

In addition to honoring Earth Day, the effort was also part of a three-year-old strategy to replace manicured landscape areas in the golf course with native vegetation. The goal is to replace between 10 and 15 acres of landscape that would help reduce irrigation needs. The initiative is currently about 25-percent complete.

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