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Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership

Resilient Alpine Forests and Watersheds

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 sdivittorio@nationalforests.org.

Click here to download a PDF description and map of the project.

Click here to go to the FTP site where you can download all stakeholder group meeting materials and essential project documents.  

*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.

Click here to download the final Landscape Resilience Assessment, Version 1 (December 11, 2017).

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.

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 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.

Map of the Lake Tahoe West Project Area

STAKEHOLDER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be a Stakeholder Science Committee meeting on February 6, 2018, from 1pm to 5pm at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (128 Market St, Stateline, NV 89410), to review Phase 2 timeline, progress, and Landscape Restoration Strategy modeling efforts and outcomes thus far.  

On March 6, 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 eritzinger@nationalforests.org to RSVP.

Click here to go to the FTP site where you can download all stakeholder group meeting materials and essential project documents.

Summer on the west shore. Photo by Dorian Fougeres.

Stakeholder Group Meeting synopses

Thirteenth Meeting - January 9, 2017

Click here to view the DRAFT January 9 meeting summary

Twelfth Meeting - December 5, 2017

Click here to view the DRAFT December 5 meeting summary

Eleventh Meeting - November 7, 2017

Click here to view the DRAFT November 7 meeting summary

Field Visit - October 4, 2017

Click here to view the DRAFT October 4 field visit summary

Tenth Meeting - October 3, 2017

Click here to view the DRAFT October 3 meeting summary

Ninth Meeting - September 6, 2017

Click here to view the September 6 meeting summary

Eighth Meeting - August 10, 2017

Click here to view the August 10 webinar summary.

Seventh Meeting - July 6, 2017

Click here to view the July 6 meeting summary.

Field Visit to Ward Creek, Blackwood Canyon, and Meeks Bay - June 7, 2017

Click here to view the June 7 field visit summary.

Sixth Meeting - June 6, 2017

Click here to view the June 6 meeting summary.

Stakeholders and agency representatives smiling during their field visit on June 7, 2017, with NFF staff Dorian Fougères in the center (without sunglasses). Photo by Mason Bindl.
Fifth Meeting - May 2, 2017

Click here to view the May 2 webinar summary.

Fourth Meeting - April 4, 2017

Click here to view the April 4 meeting summary.

Third Meeting - March 7, 2017

Click here to view the March 7 meeting summary.

Second Meeting - February 7, 2017

Click here to view the February 7 meeting summary.

Inaugural Meeting - November 30, 2016

Click here to view the inaugural meeting summary.

Click here to go to an FTP site where you can download all current and historical stakeholder group meeting materials.

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.

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Learn more about the NFF's other collaboration efforts here.  For related collaborative efforts in California, see the Sierra Cascades All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE).

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