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Our third grade students spent a chilly morning planting Sugar Pine seedlings along the Incline Flume Trail this week for some hands-on forest stewardship.

The Sugar Pine trees at one time filled one quarter of the forest in Lake Tahoe, but today make up less than five percent. Students have been investigating the causes of the decline of the native Sugar Pine trees in our forest and had the opportunity to participate in a restoration project to establish a new generation of genetically diverse Sugar Pines that can withstand the white pine blister rust and bark beetles, which have significantly impacted the trees. Equipped with seedlings provided by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s Forest and Conservation Biology Lab, LTS is helping restore the forest with this important native species of trees for future generations to enjoy.

Thank you to our third graders and parents for planting the Sugar Pine trees!

For more information on this restoration project, check out this article from the LA Times.