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Sugar Pine Foundation

TitleSugar Pine Foundation
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-06-02
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #123 - "Sugar Pine Foundation" (Air Date: June 28, 2005). John Pickett from the Sugar Pine Foundation discusses that organization's efforts to prevent the spread of White Pine Blister Rust thats planting seedlings from trees with a natural resistance.
SubjectWhite pine -- Diseases and pests -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Blister rust -- 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 Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A123: Sugar Pine Foundation Air Date: June 28, 2005 Tease @ 20:01 "You might recognize this massive cone as belonging to the sugar pine. But something is threatening the sugar pine in the Tahoe Basin. I'm Shelly Purdy, coming up on the Lake Tahoe report, I'll tell you about the white pine blister rust." Anchor intro: A deadly fungus is spreading through the forests of the Tahoe Basin and the Sierra affecting six different types of pine tree species. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at this fungus and what's being done to keep trees alive. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) It's called the white pine blister rust. And it has a unique relationship with pine trees. The fungus grows and develops on gooseberry and currant plants. In the fall, if conditions are right, the spores from the fungus become airborne and infect nearby pine trees. ((sot @ 8:38 John Pickett, Sugar pine Foundation)) "The fungus forms a canker which is like a cancer if you were thinking about a person that grows perennially on this tree. And, that canker will eventually enlarge every year until finally it gets in the trunk of the tree." ((s/u @ 22:15 shelly Purdy)) "The telltale signs that a tree is infected is one dead branch. If there's only one dead branch in the tree, you still have time to save it." ((track 2)) The solution is to simply prune the infected branch off the tree. Since weather conditions that allow the spores to spread only happen about once every ten years, pruning is a good option for many homeowners. ((sot @ 9:30 John Pickett, Sugar Pine Foundation) "If they can get the canker before it's within 6 inches of the trunk of the tree then we have a very good change of saving the tree form that individual canker." ((Track 3)) Though pruning can work for individual trees, what do you do about an entire forest? The Sugar Pine Foundation is currently working on a solution that uses the genetics from trees with a natural resistance. ((sot @ 11:15)) "We're going to be sharing genetics from all around the Truckee/Tahoe area from Sierraville all the way down to Markleeville and we'll be using seeds from different areas of the lake to keep the genetic diversity high in each of our locations around the lake." ((track 4)) The foundation is working to secure enough funding to plant seedlings throughout the Tahoe Basin. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor tag: Some of the species that the White Pine Blister Rust affects include the majestic Sugar Pine, the Western White Pine and the Bristlecone Pine.

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