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New Approach for Managing Fallen Pine Needles

TitleNew Approach for Managing Fallen Pine Needles
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-06-22
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #72 - "Pine Needles" (Air Date: June 22, 2004). Soil scientist Michael Hogan and Sarah Tone from the Incline Village General Improvement District discuss a very successful pine needle recycling program that helps reduce fire danger and preventing erosion.
SubjectPine needles
Erosion -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 72: Pine Needles Air Date: June 22, 2004 Tease @ 20:29 "This pile behind me is 2000 cubic yards of pine needles. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll tell you what it's doing here in the Diamond Peak parking lot coming up tonight on the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: Did you know that pine trees drop around two to three inches of pine needles each year? Over time, the pine needles can really build up…creating a fire hazard during the summertime months. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at a very successful pine needle recycling program that's helping residents reduce fire danger and helping contractors keep Tahoe blue. ((Take PKG)) ((Track 1)) This is what 2000 cubic yards of pine needles looks like. The size of the pile stays about the same throughout the summer as residents dump their pine needles off and area contractors take truckloads away. ((sot @ 4:01 Sarah Tone, Incline Village General Improvement District)) "What happens is the residents will bring them by from 8-4:30 Monday through Friday and drop them off and we redistribute them to local contractors and they use them for erosion control projects." ((s/u @ 19:49 Shelly Purdy)) "What the pine needle program is really all about is eliminating the slopes like this behind me that are completely bare and prone to erosion." ((sot @ 7:04 Michael Hogan, Soil Scientist)) "For years, people have done erosion control with other things such as wood fiber, mulch or straw, but neither one of those last very long. So Pine needles last a longer. They also over time provide nutrients to the soil just like they do on the forest floor." ((Track 2)) Michael Hogan has come up with a technique to reduce erosion that mimics mother nature. He takes bare disturbed slopes like this and tills a mixture of mulch and natural seeds into the soil. Then the pine needles are sprayed on top. Without any irrigation…this is what you end up with a year or two later. The pine needles have trapped the moisture from snowmelt and helped the seeds germinate. It's a method developed by simply copying what the forest does in it's own natural setting. ((sot @ 7:33)) "That's one of the things we're trying to do with our work is figure out what nature has already figured out and use that to control erosion rather than borrow things from agriculture practices which turn out not to work very well." ((track 3)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor TAG: Though it's important to remove excess pine needles from your yard to create defensible space for fire protection, the experts say you should never rake down to bare dirt. By leaving a small layer of duff on the ground, you'll help to control erosion on your own property.

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