Patagonia makes saving sugar pines its business |

Patagonia makes saving sugar pines its business

Staff report
Patagonia volunteers get down and dirty at Waddle Ranch with the Sugar Pine Foundation.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Patagonia employees helped the Sugar Pine Foundation plant 600 sugar pine seedlings at Waddle Ranch on April 23, but that is not all!

The Patagonia shipping department will help SPF June through October for a total of 240 hours!

In June, they will participate in monitoring and watering seedlings at selected sites. In August, the Patagonia volunteers will locate seed trees and perform cone counts. In September they will assist with cone collections and shooting the SPF’s giant sling shot. Finally, in October they will help lant even more sugar pine seedlings.

Big thanks to Patagonia for their continued support of the Sugar Pine Foundation.

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According to the Sugar Pine Foundation’s website, sugar pines are the world’s largest species of pine with the longest cones — and they are dying from white pine blister rust, a non-native, invasive fungus. Though they historically accounted for 25 percent of Tahoe’s forests, sugar pines now make up less than 5 percent of the forest composition.

SPF is dedicated to saving Tahoe’s sugar pines and other white pines from blister rust by educating and involving the community in hands-on forest stewardship.

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