Make your yard part of a healthy forest! The Tahoe Basin is unique in that many people own little parts of a much larger forested landscape. While you may be intimately familiar with the trees in your yard, they’re ultimately part of the big picture that makes up the forest we call home. Making sure your own forested yard remains healthy contributes to the health of the overall Tahoe Basin forest.
What you can do to maintain a healthy forest:
- Know what you’re starting with. Learn how to identify the most common trees around the Tahoe Basin. Tree identification tip sheet.
- Learn how to recognize problems with your trees. Tip sheets on common tree diseases and insects in the Tahoe Basin.
- Remove overcrowded and unhealthy trees from your yard to ensure the health and survival of remaining trees. Determine if you need a permit to remove your trees.
- Maintain defensible space around your home. Learn how to create proper defensible space.
- Plant trees and shrubs appropriate for your site. Download the Home Landscaping Guide for Lake Tahoe and refer to Chapter 7 for plant selection tips.
- Need to apply for a tree permit? Download the TRPA Tree Removal Application.