Angora restoration underway years after huge fire

Published: Sep. 21, 2017 at 12:44 AM PDT
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Its been ten years since the Angora Fire burned 3,100 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes in South Lake Tahoe. On the ground, things look almost normal. But look up, and the scars of the Angora fire are clearly visible, proving that restoring a charred forest to its natural beauty takes much longer than a decade.

"Forests can regrow and do regrow following major fires," Darcie Collins, executive direction for The League to Save Lake Tahoe, said. "But restoration efforts are very important to improve and speed up the restoration process and to help the forest be more resilient."

That's why this weekend, The League to Save Lake Tahoe is hosting a major restoration project at the Angora burn scar during its 20th Annual Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day.

"We have been to the Angora burn area a handful of times, and this will be our fourth restoration day where we bring community members out with us to help restore the forest," Collins said.

At least 200 volunteers are already signed up to help thin some of the vegetation to allow new trees more room to grow and thrive, and also improving the trail system.

"It gives he community an opportunity to give back and to feel that they are helping in the regrowth of the forest," Collins said.

But this project also serves as a reminder of the threats of forest fires, and the lasting damage they cause.

"The Angora Fire gave us an opportunity to look at different restoration techniques," Collins said. "We can use it as an outside laboratory. We as a community have learned a lot about how to restore after fires and also how to have more resilient forests."

The restoration event is Saturday, September 23 from 8:30am to 3pm. More volunteers of all age levels are welcome. For more information, or to RSVP to attend,