Tahoe National Forest. Credit: Miguel Vieira
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Project Name:
Gold Planting

Tahoe National Forest, Calif.

Key Activities:

  • Planting 50,000 trees across 200 acres
  • Reforesting an ecosystem damaged by insects, disease and drought
  • Improving an important agricultural watershed

Project Description:
American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are reforesting 200 acres of California’s Tahoe National Forest with a combination of 50,000 Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, incense-cedar and sugar pine to increase biodiversity in an area experiencing high mortality.

Why This Project:
Parts of California’s Tahoe National Forest have been experiencing ongoing mortality thanks to a trifecta of insects, disease and drought. This project aims to help stop the cycle by diversifying the forest composition, which will provide a greater resiliency. This project is also reforesting areas of the North Yuba River watershed, which is an important source of water for northern California and the Sacramento Valley. This watershed helps feed an agricultural region that is a top producer of fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Why Tahoe:
Tahoe National Forest is a popular recreation site: approximately six million people visit each year, putting it in the top 20 most-visited national forests. From campgrounds and nature trails to swimming and skiing, Tahoe offers a wide variety of outdoor fun for day travelers from Reno and Sacramento, as well as long-distance visitors. Many of Tahoe’s trails are actually historic in nature, containing thousands of recognized historical sites representing the days of the California Gold Rush, Transcontinental Railroad, Lincoln Highway and more.

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