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Reading of Sugar Pine Foundation’s new book next week at Tahoe

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“The Happiest Tree in the Forest" tells the story of a sugar pine named “Lambe.”

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Join the Sugar Pine Foundation for an especially fun and educational story time at the Incline Village Library on Wednesday, March 25, from 4-4:45 p.m.

This spring, SPF is expanding its outreach to youngsters by unveiling its new children's book, "The Happiest Tree in the Forest," which tells the story of a sugar pine named "Lambe" — after the scientific name Pinus Lambertiana — who grows from a little seed in a big pine cone into the largest tree in the forest.

The story highlights the significance of sugar pines through Lambe's friendships with many animal buddies and their experiences through the seasons.

Author Michelle McLean and illustrator Ana Valdez will read the book at next week's free event.

"The Happiest Tree in the Forest" also will be available for purchase and signing at a special price of $15.

Every spring and fall, SPF organizes planting events with local groups and community members. Volunteers help plant one-year-old sugar pine seedlings that are resistant to the white pine blister rust fungus that is decimating Tahoe's famed sugar pines.

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Since 2008, SPF and its volunteers have planted over 74,000 trees throughout the Tahoe region.

The Incline Village Library is located at 845 Alder Ave. For information about the Sugar Pine Foundation, visit sugarpinefoundation.org.