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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 59,000 acres of Lake Tahoe's west shore.


*New* Lake Tahoe West Story Map

Visit our interactive story map to learn about Lake Tahoe West's approach to restore forests and watersheds on 59,000 acres of Lake Tahoe's west shore.

Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project

The proposed Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project will restore forests, meadows, streams, and wildlife habitat across the west shore of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Led by the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California Tahoe Conservancy, and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the project is based on the comprehensive Lake Tahoe West Landscape Restoration Strategy. View the Scoping Notice / Notice of Preparation and other project documents at the Forest Service's Lake Tahoe West project page.


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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 approximately 59,000 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

Lake Tahoe West Science Symposium - May 19 & 29, 2020

Lake Tahoe West hosted a Science Symposium to present findings from the LTW modeling effort and discuss how results inform future resilience and management of the Lake Tahoe basin landscape.


September 1, 2020, 1-4pm - Virtual Meeting. Agenda.

Stakeholder Committee 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 to RSVP.

Summer on the west shore. Photo by Dorian Fougeres.

Stakeholder Group Meeting Summaries

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


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.


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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.