Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership
This page provides an overview of the initiative, information on upcoming stakeholder meetings, and essential documents and background information. For specific questions, please call or email the program manager, Sarah Di Vittorio, at 530-902-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NEW* Landscape resilience assessment (Version 1)
In December 2017, the Partnership achieved a major milestone with completion of Phase 1 of the Lake Tahoe West project: the Landscape Resilience Assessment. Led by the Interagency Design Team and with extensive stakeholder involvement, the Assessment uses the best available data to describe the current condition of the natural environment of the west side of the Lake Tahoe Basin and the resilience of those environmental characteristics, values, and ecosystem services to a variety of disturbances.
During Phase 2 of the project, the Partnership will refine the Landscape Resilience Assessment with additional data and analysis. We expect to release a Version 2 of the Assessment by the end of 2018.
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) - an 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 planning area includes 59,013 acres of federal, state, local, and private lands, from Emerald Bay to Squaw Valley.
STAKEHOLDER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
There will be a Stakeholder Science Committee meeting on July 10, 2018, from 9am to 4pm, location TBD, to review Landscape Restoration Strategy development and modeling outcomes thus far.
On August 7, 2018, (time and location TBD) there will be a joint Stakeholder Science Committee and Stakeholder Community Committee meeting, subject TBD.
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 email@example.com to RSVP.
Stakeholder Group Meeting synopses
Fourteenth Meeting - February 6, 2018
Thirteenth Meeting - January 9, 2018
Twelfth Meeting - December 5, 2017
Eleventh Meeting - November 7, 2017
Field Visit - October 4, 2017
Tenth Meeting - October 3, 2017
Ninth Meeting - September 6, 2017
Eighth Meeting - August 10, 2017
Seventh Meeting - July 6, 2017
Field Visit to Ward Creek, Blackwood Canyon, and Meeks Bay - June 7, 2017
Sixth Meeting - June 6, 2017
Fifth Meeting - May 2, 2017
Fourth Meeting - April 4, 2017
Third Meeting - March 7, 2017
Second Meeting - February 7, 2017
Inaugural Meeting - November 30, 2016
CLOSING REMARKS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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 two Proposition 1 planning grants from the California Tahoe Conservancy to the National Forest Foundation, agreement number CTA 15 018L, as well as a State Fire Assistance grant from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, grant award number 17-DG-11052012-145.