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Name of Project: Gondola Fire Restoration

Number of Trees to be Planted: 10,000

Directly Benefits: Outdoor recreationalists

Location: South Lake Tahoe, California

Year: 2011


  • Teach volunteers about the importance and benefits of native trees and plants and the threat of invasive species
  • Stabilize the snow and soils on slopes to improve skiing and water quality
  • Plant a mix of native trees including sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, and incense cedar


Notable Highlights

American Forests will be partnering with the Sugar Pine Foundation to replant an area damaged by a wildfire in 2002.

The area is adjacent to Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort and Village and Van Sickle Bi-State Park, locations where visitors come to enjoy outdoor activities, including skiing, camping, and hiking.

Sugar Pine Foundation was founded in 2004 with the goal to locate trees with genetic resistance to blister rust, a disease killing many trees in the western US.  This goal iscarried out by harvesting seeds from blister rust-resistant sugar pines, and planting their progeny in restoration sites, such as burn scars and eroded slopes, in the Tahoe region. So far, they have identified 62 resistant seed trees.


Damage from the fire can be seen in the center of the photo on this mountainside

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This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.

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