It’s not just our big, beautiful lake that gives Tahoe bragging rights. The world’s second and third-largest Sugar Pine trees can be found in Tahoe's neighborhood, just west of the Basin. 

Michael W. Taylor, a Sugar Pine Foundation partner and citizen scientist, recently “discovered” the two giants. Both trees are about 270ft tall, 30ft shy of a football field standing straight up in the air.
Tressa Gibbard, Program Manager for Tahoe’s Sugar Pine Foundation, talked about the importance of the find: "Simply knowing that these enormous trees exist is awe-inspiring… We don't have many giant trees or old-growth left: we need to take pains to preserve and protect these specimens intact."
Our team at the League couldn’t agree more. These trees are the remnants of ancient forests that blanketed the Sierra Nevada before clear-cutting removed immense amounts of timber, leaving many slopes barren, including in the Tahoe Basin. 
Just like the unchecked, rampant development from the 1950s and ‘60s that paved over Tahoe’s meadows, these trees are evidence of the long legacy of human impacts in our region. They're also a reminder of why the League’s mission is so important to repair mistakes from the past.

We work to Keep Tahoe Blue so future generations can enjoy the same beautiful Lake we see today – instead of catching glimpses that remind us of what Tahoe once had and what could be lost forever.

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