Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership
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 65,000 residents and attracts over 6.4 million annual visitors. Yet persistent drought, climate change, overstocked forests, and a potential bark beetle epidemic threaten its ecology, economy, and culture.
The goal of the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership (Lake Tahoe West) -- a new interagency initiative of the 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 -- is to restore the resilience of the west shore's forests, watersheds, recreational opportunities, and communities to such threats. The landscape includes 80,556 acres of federal, state, local, and private lands, from Emerald Bay to Squaw Valley.
STAKEHOLDER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
The next joint Stakeholder Science Committee (SSC) and Stakeholder Community Committee (SCC) meeting is April 4, 2017. The meeting will focus on reviewing a revised draft list of essential management questions and design criteria; a revised draft framework and initial components for a landscape resilience assessment; and revised draft write-ups of the future scenarios initially developed by both stakeholder groups at their February 7 meeting. On April 4, the SSC will meet separately from 9 am to 12:30 pm, and then both committees will meet jointly from 1 pm to 5 pm. The meeting will be held at the Tahoe City Public Utility District office, 221 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City, California, 96145.
The agenda will be posted here when available, likely March 28.
Stakeholder meetings are open to the public throughout this multi-year effort. RSVP from public parties is requested (but not required) for the next meeting by close of business on Friday, March 31, to help us ensure we have sufficient seating and copies of materials. Overflow parking is available at the Fairway Community Center, 330 Fairway Drive, about a 3-minute walk from the TCPUD office. Lastly, please note that lunch is not provided, and we recommend bringing your own if you plan to stay for both meetings (we will have only 30 minutes for lunch).
For more information on Lake Tahoe West, including an initial boundary map, scroll down to the project description and map below, or call or email the program manager, Dorian Fougères, at 530-902-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stakeholder Group Meeting synopses
The Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership (Lake Tahoe West) Stakeholder Science Committee met on March 7, 2017, at the Tahoe Mountain Lab in South Lake Tahoe. Stakeholders advanced the development of three major work products. Regarding the essential management questions, the group deliberated how to design these guiding questions, have them be inclusive of wide-ranging inquiry yet still provide direction, and how to sort them. Regarding the landscape resilience assessment, Mr. Scott Conway from the US Forest Service Region 5 Remote Sensing Lab presented on the EcObject tool, which helps segment the landscape into ecologically meaningful units that can be used in an assessment. After lunch, the group deliberated the appropriate scale of assessment units and how to select indicators, including how to ensure the indicators amount to a resilient system, as well as the importance of trends and sudden ecological disturbances. The next Stakeholder Science Committee (SSC) meeting will occur from 9 am to 12:30 pm on April 4, 2017, at the Tahoe City Public Utility District office in Tahoe City, and the next Stakeholder Community Committee meeting, including SSC liaisons, will follow immediately after from 1 pm to 5 pm at the same location.
The meeting summary will be posted when finalized at the April 4 meeting.
The Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership (Lake Tahoe West) held its second Stakeholder Group meeting on February 7, 2017, at the Parasol Community Foundation Building in Incline Village. Executives from several of the organizing agencies provided opening remarks that explained the genesis and goals for Lake Tahoe West, including the need to fulfill multiple missions, update standards, and help direct future investment. The team then introduced stakeholders to the concept of scenario planning, which allows decision-makers to better anticipate and manage future uncertainty, and the structure for the day’s exercise. Split into four groups, stakeholders then spent the rest of the morning discussing how various social and ecological conditions on the landscape might look in four possible futures. After lunch they presented their initial ideas, received peer feedback, and completed a second round of small group discussion. The results from the day’s exercise will be refined over the next meetings, and then serve as guideposts for the landscape resilience assessment and landscape restoration strategy. The facilitator next walked invited stakeholders through the second half of the draft charter for Lake Tahoe West, noting revisions made since the inaugural meeting on November 30, and answered questions. Finally, the facilitator walked invited stakeholders through a draft Communication and Education plan, highlighting communication principles, audiences, messages, and select strategies, including an emphasis on homeowner outreach. The next Stakeholder Science Committee will occur on March 7, 2017, in South Lake Tahoe, and the next joint Stakeholder Science Committee and Stakeholder Community Committee will occur on April 4, 2017, in Tahoe City.
The meeting summary will be posted when finalized at the April 4 meeting.
The Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership (Lake Tahoe West) held its inaugural Stakeholder Group meeting on November 30, 2016, at Homewood Mountain Resort. Executives from several of the organizing agencies provided opening remarks that explained the genesis and goals for Lake Tahoe West, and responded to questions about the initiative’s boundary and its complementary relationship with existing fuels treatments on the west shore. Invited stakeholders then developed a shared history of their relationships to the west shore, major events on the landscape, and their hopes for the future, and used this information to introduce themselves. After lunch, the facilitator reviewed highlights from the stakeholder assessment interviews conducted to design and prepare for the initiative. The facilitator then walked invited stakeholders through the first half of the draft charter for Lake Tahoe West, and responded to questions. Several invited stakeholders commented on the critical role that the Stakeholder Community Committee will play in translating scientific and planning information for homeowners and the wide range of other people who enjoy the west shore; and on the strong links between forests, recreation, transportation, and public health. The next stakeholder meeting will occur on February 7, 2017, in Incline Village, and focus on developing future scenarios that allow planning to better anticipate uncertainty and respond to change.
Four public agencies—the California Tahoe Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Pacific Southwest Research Station, California State Parks, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency—are joining with the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team and the National Forest Foundation to lead the Partnership.
The combination of eight critical elements make Lake Tahoe West unique among efforts to increase the pace and scale of restoration in the Sierra Nevada. Lake Tahoe West will:
- Collaboratively develop and implement a landscape-scale strategy and corresponding series of restoration projects, with major steps including:
- Convene a Science Team and diverse group of stakeholders to inform the effort;
- Assess the landscape and identify highest priority areas for forest health and watershed restoration treatments under multiple future scenarios;
- Model the outcomes, risks, and tradeoffs of potential management actions on key topics of concern (such as air quality, recreation, wildlife, carbon sequestration, and biomass utilization);
- Align and accelerate agency planning, permitting, and implementation schedules;
- Establish a performance-based framework for multi-party monitoring, evaluation, and improvement of results;
- Leverage multiple funding sources; and
- Build public awareness and support for Lake Tahoe West’s efforts.
Lake Tahoe West looks forward to testing new ideas and approaches that can readily be replicated throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Sierra Nevada.
This initiative is supported by a Proposition 1 planning grant from the California Tahoe Conservancy to the National Forest Foundation, agreement number CTA 15 018L.