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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Help Collect Sugar Pines at Van Sickle State Park Sept 12

Posted on August 30, 2014
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

The Sugar Pine Foundation, Explore Tahoe and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are teaming up to collect sugar pine cones in the Van Sickle Bi-State Park in South Lake Tahoe on September 12 from 10AM to noon.

During the free 1.5-mile trek, attendees will explore forest management of this area, while visiting panoramic vistas and a small waterfall. All the while, we’ll discuss the fate of the magnificent Sugar Pine and what individuals are doing to help the species persevere for future generations.

You will be collecting sugar pine cones from high up in the trees and the director of the Sugar Pine Foundation will share her seed bank of knowledge.

Global warming, invasive species and other human influences are having profound effects on the health of Sierra Nevada forests. The forests of the Sierra Nevada support a diverse wildlife population, clean the air and store water into the dry summer months. Changes to the forest ecosystem now threaten the very foundation of the biodiversity that visitors to the Sierra Nevada enjoy.

The Sugar Pine Foundation is a non-profit that is restoring sugar pines and western white pines in the Tahoe basin. White pines are being devastated by a non-native rust introduced into North America around 1910. The group has located over 30 sugar pines that are resistant to the fungus and has planted over 2000 resistant sugar pine seedlings in the Tahoe basin. The Sugar Pine Foundation is now looking to expand its operations to the entire Sierra Nevada. To learn more about the Foundation and how you can help, click here to visit their website.

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