Name of Project: Gondola Fire Restoration
Number of Trees to be Planted: 10,000
Directly Benefits: Outdoor recreationalists
Location: South Lake Tahoe, California
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.
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