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Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership

Resilient Alpine Forests and Watersheds

Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership

The Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership (Lake Tahoe West) is developing a Landscape Restoration Strategy to guide restoration activities on 60,000 acres of the west shore. The goal is to increase the resilience of this landscape and to protect against prolonged drought, climate change, and extreme fire.

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

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 sdivittorio@nationalforests.org.

Key project resources

Project Description and Map (PDF)

Project FTP Site. Contains stakeholder meeting materials and essential project documents.  

Lake Tahoe West Web Map. Displays maps and day about the west shore in an interactive format.

What's new

In June 2018 Lake Tahoe West partners visited project sites around the Lake Tahoe basin to learn about techniques for forest and watershed restoration. 

Read this blog post about the field visit!

Landscape resilience assessment

In December 2017, the Partnership completed Phase 1 of the Lake Tahoe West project: the Landscape Resilience Assessment. 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.

Final Landscape Resilience Assessment (December 11, 2017)

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 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 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.

Map of the Lake Tahoe West Project Area

STAKEHOLDER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be a Stakeholder Science Committee meeting on September 4, 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Sierra/Alpine Rooms ( 128 Market St, Stateline, NV 89410).

On October 2, 2018 there will be a joint Stakeholder Community and Stakeholder Science Committees meeting (time and location TBD).

On October 9, 2018 there will be an all-day field visit to sites on the west shore.

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 eritzinger@nationalforests.org to RSVP.

Our Project FTP Site includes key project documents and all stakeholder meeting materials.

Summer on the west shore. Photo by Dorian Fougeres.

Stakeholder Group Meeting synopses

July 10, 2018 - Meeting Summary - DRAFT (forthcoming)

June 12, 2018 - Field Visit Summary - DRAFT

June 5, 2018 - Meeting Summary - DRAFT

May 1, 2018 - Meeting Summary

April 3, 2018 - Meeting Summary

February 6, 2018 - Meeting Summary

January 9, 2018 - Meeting Summary

December 5, 2017 - Draft Meeting Summary

November 7, 2017 - Draft Meeting Summary

October 4, 2017 - Field Visit Summary

October 3, 2017 - Meeting Summary

September 6, 2017 - Meeting Summary

August 10, 2017 - Webinar Summary

July 6, 2017 - Meeting Summary

June 7, 2017 - Field Visit Summary

June 6, 2017 - Meeting Summary

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

May 2, 2017 - Webinar Summary

April 4, 2017 - Meeting Summary

March 7, 2017 - Meeting Summary

February 7, 2017 - Meeting Summary

November 30, 2016 - Project Kick-off Meeting Summary

CLOSING REMARKS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 

Lake Tahoe West looks forward to testing new ideas and approaches that are transferable throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Sierra Nevada.

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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