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 email@example.com.
Key project resources
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.
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.
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.
STAKEHOLDER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
There will be a Stakeholder Science Committee meeting on November 14, 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Sierra/Alpine Rooms ( 128 Market St, Stateline, NV 89410).
On December 4, 2018 there will be a joint Stakeholder Community and Stakeholder Science Committees meeting (time and location 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Our Project FTP Site includes key project documents and all stakeholder meeting materials.
Stakeholder Group Meeting synopses
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.