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Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership

Resilient Forests, Watersheds, and Communities

Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership

The Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership (Lake Tahoe West) is a collaborative effort to restore the resilience of forests, watersheds, and communities on 59,013 acres of Lake Tahoe's west shore.

The Partnership includes land managers, scientists, multiple federal and state agencies, and organizations representing business, recreation, local government, residents, and conservation.

In December 2019 the Partnership released the Lake Tahoe West Landscape Restoration Strategy. The Strategy provides a science-based framework to restore the landscape over the next two decades through restoration actions that include forest thinning, prescribed fire, and meadow, aspen, and stream restoration.

Agencies are currently planning and implementing numerous fuels reduction projects near communities and have begun planning additional restoration projects, across more of the landscape, based on this Strategy.

Read on for information about the project and links to key project resources. For questions, please contact Sarah Di Vittorio, Lake Tahoe West Program Manager, at 530-902-8281 or sdivittorio@nationalforests.org.

Key project resources

WHAT'S NEW

In December 2019, Lake Tahoe West released a Landscape Restoration Strategy that covers more than one-third of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The forests, lakes, and alpine peaks of Lake Tahoe’s west shore make it one of America’s iconic landscapes. The region as a whole is home to 54,000 residents and attracts over 6.4 million annual visitors.

Wildfire, drought, and insects and disease epidemics—pressures that are amplified by climate change—threaten forests, watersheds, and communities across the Lake Tahoe West landscape.

The goal of Lake Tahoe West is to restore the resilience of the west shore's forests, watersheds, recreational opportunities, and communities to such threats. The planning area includes 59,013 acres of federal, state, local, and private lands, from Emerald Bay to Squaw Valley.

Lake Tahoe West is a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative convened by California Tahoe Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California State Parks, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, and National Forest Foundation.

Map of the Lake Tahoe West Project Area

Upcoming STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

  • February 4, 2020: Joint Stakeholder Science & Stakeholder Community Meeting from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Lahontan Water Board Annex, 971 Silver Dollar Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
  • March 3, 2020: Joint Stakeholder Science & Stakeholder Community Meeting from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Lahontan Water Board Annex, 971 Silver Dollar Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

Stakeholder meetings are open to the public throughout this multi-year effort. RSVP from public parties is requested (but not required) by three business days before the meeting. Please email btiffany@nationalforests.org to RSVP.

Summer on the west shore. Photo by Dorian Fougeres.

Stakeholder Group Meeting synopses


    Stakeholders and agency representatives smiling during their field visit on June 7, 2017. Photo by Mason Bindl.

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    This initiative is generously supported by two Proposition 1 planning grants from the California Tahoe Conservancy to the National Forest Foundation, agreement number CTA 15 018L, and a State Fire Assistance grant from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, grant award number 17-DG-11052012-145.

    CONTACT

    NFF Conservation Connect

    Learn more about the NFF's other collaboration efforts here. For related collaborative efforts in California, see the Sierra Cascades All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE).

    Members of the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership learn about a recent channel restoration project on the Upper Truckee River near South Lake Tahoe. Photo by Sarah Di Vittorio.

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