Guinness World Record Attempt – May 20
UPDATE: Our world record attempt was met by 69 participants who helped plant 360 trees in Tahoe Donner. We, along with approximately 40 groups across the United Stated and Canada, successfully planted over 200,000 trees in one hour! Confirmation from Guinness World Records is expected in the coming weeks. See photos here.
Tahoe Donner Forestry partnered with the Sugar Pine Foundation to plant trees as a part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative attempt to set a world record on May 20. Together with 40 groups across North America we planted an estimated 200,000 trees in one hour! Our group planted western white pines at Tahoe Donner in the old Donner Ridge Fire scar.
Guinness World Record Attempt: Most trees planted in one hour, simultaneously, in different locations by a group of 25 to 100 people.
More information: Write Martin Rubio at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions call Ben Gwerder with Tahoe Donner Forestry at 530-587-9432.
Western white pine seedling
About the organizers:
SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program. Across Canada and the United States, 250 million acres (100 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world.
The Sugar Pine Foundation, founded in 2005 is a grassroots effort to save sugar pines and western white pines, which were being devastated by the ‘blister rust fungus’. This highly destructive fungus originated in Asia, and was accidentally introduced to Canada in the early 1900s. This fungus has devastated forests in western Canada, Washington and Oregon as it has spread steadily southward. It is now attacking California’s white pines: sugar pines, western white pines, whitebark pines, and foxtail pine forests have been infected and it threatens to infect limber and the famous bristlecone pine.
The Tahoe Donner Forestry Department is dedicated to maintaining the health of the forest within the Association’s 7,000 acres while minimizing the threat of forest fires. Forester Bill Houdyschell and his team are nationally regarded as leaders in their field and manage a variety of programs. The Forestry Department manages 477 acres of reforestation/fuel breaks, 618 acres of fuel reduction zones, 1,344 acres of common area and maintains approximately two thirds for fuel reduction.