Project Name: Sierraville Planting

Location: Tahoe National Forest, Calif.

Key Activities:

  • Planting 27,000 trees
  • Reforesting an ecosystem damaged by wildfire

Project Description:

American Forests and the U.S. Forest Service are planting 27,000 trees in California’s Tahoe National Forest to restore an area burned by wildfire.

Why This Project:

Wildfires are a natural, continual occurrence in our forests.  However, fires can occasionally burn too intensely for the surrounding ecosystem to recover on its own, leaving a degraded forest in their wake. This project is helping kick-start the recovery of an area of Tahoe National Forest damaged by a wildfire by planting a combination of ponderosa, Jeffrey and sugar pines.

Why Tahoe:

As outlined in the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region’s “Leadership Intent for Ecological Restoration” (released in March 2011), Tahoe National Forest is an important water source for domestic, agricultural and hydroelectric use. The forest contains four major river systems — the Yuba, American, Truckee and Feather Rivers — which feed the surrounding communities, especially the Sacramento Valley.


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