What started as handshake deals has evolved into one of TPL’s longest and strongest partnerships with Sierra Pacific Industries and has helped protect beloved California outdoor places like the Castle Peak Trail. Photo: Scot Hampton
To reach those targets, the company just announced its new tree nursery in Siskiyou County. With wildfires ravaging the state’s forests in recent years, there is urgent demand for California-grown seedlings to help forests recover. Sierra Pacific received a grant from CAL FIRE to help get the nursery up and running; when it is fully operational in 2026, the nursery will produce 25 million seedlings annually.
Those seedlings will regenerate the forests of ponderosa pine, hemlock, and Douglas fir that run along the spine of the Sierra Nevada, a region that draws hundreds of thousands of people a year, and elsewhere across the state.
It’s through partnerships and collaborations—with communities, partner organizations, policymakers, and landowners like SPI—that TPL has made an impact over the past 50 years. “Together,” says Diane Regas, TPL’s president and CEO, “we have guaranteed that breathtaking sites like Barker Pass, Castle Peak, and Webber Falls will continue to shelter critical plant and animal species, provide clean air and water, and create recreational and economic opportunities for generations to come.”
Lisa W. Foderaro is a senior writer and researcher for Trust for Public Land. Previously, she was a reporter for the New York Times, where she covered parks and the environment.