National Forest Foundation

Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership

Resilient Alpine Forests and Watersheds

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 GROUP MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to the blizzard, the next Lake Tahoe West stakeholder group meeting has been postponed to February 7, 2017.  The meeting will last from approximately 10 am to 4 pm, and likely still be help at the Parasol Foundation Building, Trepp Room, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nevada, 89451.

The meeting will focus on developing future scenarios that allow planning to better anticipate uncertainty and respond to change.  The meeting will also complete the initial review of the draft charter, and introduce a draft communication plan.

Click here to view the draft meeting agenda.  (The final agenda will be posted on January 31.)

Click here to go to the FTP site where you can download all meeting materials.  All historical meeting materials are also available here.

Invited stakeholders represent the range of interests in the west shore’s forests and watersheds, including air quality, biomass, business & tourism & resorts, conservation, cultural resources, fire protection, forest products & contracting, homeowners & private landowners, land management, public utilities, recreation, regulation, transportation & access, and water resources.  

Stakeholder Group meetings are open to the public throughout this multi-year effort. RSVP from public parties is requested (but not required) by close of business on Thursday, February 2, to help us ensure we have sufficient seating and copies of materials.  Note that lunch is not provided, and we recommend bringing your own (we will have no more than 45 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 dfougeres@nationalforests.org

Parasol Building - site of the January 12, 2017 meeting

inaugural Stakeholder Group Meeting synopsis

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 January 12, 2017, in Incline Village, and focus on developing future scenarios that allow planning to better anticipate uncertainty and respond to change.

Click here to view the inaugural meeting agenda.

Click here to go to an FTP site where you can download all the inaugural meeting materials.

Background

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:

  1. Collaboratively develop and implement a landscape-scale strategy and corresponding series of restoration projects, with major steps including:
  2. Convene a Science Team and diverse group of stakeholders to inform the effort;
  3. Assess the landscape and identify highest priority areas for forest health and watershed restoration treatments under multiple future scenarios;
  4. 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);
  5. Align and accelerate agency planning, permitting, and implementation schedules;
  6. Establish a performance-based framework for multi-party monitoring, evaluation, and improvement of results;
  7. Leverage multiple funding sources; and
  8. 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.

Click here to download a PDF description of the project (including a larger map).

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