Sugar Pine Foundation (SPF)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Sugar Pine Foundation (SPF) is to counteract the threat of white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola) by restoring the natural regeneration of sugar pines and other white pines in the Tahoe Basin and surrounding areas. SPF educates local communities about the importance of conserving native species and people’s role in enhancing forest health, by involving volunteers in hands-on forest stewardship.

Description

As blister rust is killing off white pines faster than they can regenerate naturally, the SPF’s strategy of planting fungus resistant trees is the only means of ensuring healthy white pine populations in the future. The SPF is currently working with private and public landowners throughout the Tahoe region and close burn areas to implement reforestation and restoration projects. In order to implement these projects the SPF recruits school children and community volunteers.

Program Details

The SPF is working to:
1) Identify trees with a natural genetic resistance to the fungus (rust resistant)
2) Harvest seed from resistant trees on an annual basis
3) Propagate and plant the fungus resistant seed stock throughout Tahoe and beyond
4) Educate the community on forest health issues
5) Involve the community in forest restoration work.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Address
1458 Mount Rainier Drive
So Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
United States
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