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Vote now, save Tahoe’s Sugar Pines

To honor the 40th annual Earth Day, Redwood Creek Wines is expanding its Greater Outdoors Project to award $140,000 in nonprofit grants to organizations that share its mission to preserve, protect and provide access to the great outdoors. The good news? The Sugar Pine Foundation of Sacramento has been selected as a finalist in this yearand#8217;s contest. The winery is calling on America to cast the deciding vote and determine which of the 10 finalists will take home the grand prize, a $50,000 grant. The nine remaining finalists will take home $10,000 each in runner-up grants. Cast your vote now for the Sugar Pines at http://www.RedwoodCreekWine.com.

The field of worthy applicants was narrowed down to the final 10 by a panel of outdoor enthusiast judges, including Survivor winner, Ethan Zohn. Other finalists include:

· American Forests

· Arizona Trail Association

· Catamount Trail Association

· Coosa River Basin Initiative

· Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition

· Hudson Basin River Watch

· MillionTreesNYC

· The Wetlands Initiative

· Yellowstone Park Foundation

Cast your vote by the Aug. 31 deadline.

People come to Lake Tahoe to enjoy its clean blue waters and dense green forests; however, Tahoeand#8217;s forests are in peril. An incurable, exotic fungus called white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola) is killing white pines

in Tahoe and beyond. The Sugar Pine Foundation (SPF) is dedicated to restoring white pines, particularly sugar pines and western white pines, 3-5 percent of which have a natural resistance to the fungus. After five years

of searching and testing, the SPF has identified 35 sugar pines in the Tahoe Basin resistant to blister rust. This fall, they will climb those 100 foot-tall trees, collect their seed and plant their progeny in fire scars, old logging landings and other deforested areas. Since white pines cannot regenerate fast enough to keep up with blister rust die-off, planting these resistant seedlings is the only way to ensure the survival of white pines.