Sugar Pine Foundation to host community plantings |

Sugar Pine Foundation to host community plantings

Provided to the TribuneVolunteer Steve Turner and his son get ready to plant sugar pine seedlings.

The Sugar Pine Foundation will host community plantings to plant 4,000 young sugar pines in Tahoe this spring.

This year’s spring planting blitz begins later this month and will go into mid-May. During this time of year, the soil is naturally moistened from snowmelt and conditions are ideal for giving young seedlings a good start. However, this year the snowpack is below average, which means it will be harder for the seedlings to survive.

Two community plantings will be held on the South Shore; the first will be held April 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. during Earth Day at Bijou Community Park, and the second will take place May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in Glenbrook. May 5 is also Climate Impact Day, so the planting will be part of the Connects the Dots campaign.

Those who can’t attend a planting can volunteer as a caregiver to one of the restoration sites and bring the trees water during dry summer months.

The goal of the Sugar Pine Foundation is to help save Tahoe’s guar pines by planting blister rust-resistant seedlings throughout the area. This year, 20 Lake Tahoe Community College and 50 Sierra Nevada College students will help plant trees.

To purchase a sugar pine to plant in your own yard, visit

For more information, call Maria Mircheva at 650-814-9565.

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