Lake Tahoe EIP

Sugar Pine Restoration in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Project Number
Action Priority
Advancing Forest Ecosystem Health & Reducing Hazardous Fuels
Sugar Pine Foundation, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Primary Contact
Maria Mircheva (
2005 - 2025
Forest Ecosystem Health and Hazardous Fuels Reduction Advancing Forest Ecosystem Health & Reducing Hazardous Fuels
This project aims to restore sugar pines in key locations in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Sugar pines are native trees plagued by a non-native invasive fungus called blister rust and their numbers have decreased dramatically. Volunteers and field crews plant sugar pine seedlings progeny of blister rust resistant trees in order to restore their numbers to historical forest composition.

Key Accomplishments

  • Acres of Habitat Restored or Enhanced: 2,204 acres

Threshold Categories

  • Vegetation Preservation
Volunteer Planting
(Timing: During) (~2,372 KB)
Credit: Justine Lureva Volunteer Planting