Truckee River Day in Tahoe Donner, October 15

For the Truckee River Watershed Council’s 22nd annual Truckee River Day on Sunday, October 15, hundreds will volunteer on nearly a dozen restoration projects across the region, including a sugar pine sapling planting here in Tahoe Donner.

Sapling plantings are wonderful, even beautiful events. The work is fun, satisfying and easy. Get into a rhythm, and you might even find it meditative. For families with young children, there is no better volunteer event in Tahoe Donner.

Here are all the details:

Truckee River Day, Tahoe Donner Sugar Pine Sapling Planting
– Date: Sunday, October 15
– Time: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
– Registration: at’s registration page.
– What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, work gloves, weather appropriate work wear, and water.

Nota Bene: Specify the pine planting project and the “Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails” group when registering to assure correct assignment.

The Watershed Council will email you other specifics, including the meeting place, after you’re officially assigned.

You may not know that Tahoe Donner’s forest is not as diverse as it should be. The lodgepole and Jeffrey pines that dominate today once shared this place with an array of cedars and sugar pines. Cedars remain in the McGlashan Springs and Bucknam Tract parcels, but few sugar pines currently grow anywhere in Tahoe Donner.

Logging accounts for much of this loss, but a Eurasian blister rust disease also did significant damage to the sugar pine population. The Sugar Pine Foundation is dedicated to the restoration of this region’s largest pine, and on Truckee River Day they are partnering with our Forestry Department and the Watershed Council to plant rust resistant saplings here in Tahoe Donner.

These pine plantings have become a great Tahoe Donner tradition, and we hope many of you will join in to lend a hand.