Hands-on ecosystem restoration activities take place on Saturday, September 16
LAKE TAHOE, Nev./Calif. – Each year since 1997, the League to Save Lake Tahoe has rallied hundreds of volunteers to revitalize forests, meadows, marshes and streams damaged by natural disasters, development from decades past, and agriculture. This fall’s Tahoe Forest Stewardship Days event will focus on restoring an area impacted by the disastrous 2021 Caldor Fire, along with a popular beach on the Lake’s south shore.
The public is invited to come get their hands dirty, sweat a little, and leave feeling fulfilled that they helped Keep Tahoe Blue. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
Now in the events’ 26th year, Tahoe Forest Stewardship Days have empowered thousands of volunteers to restore important but fragile ecosystems across the Lake Tahoe Basin. These hands-on, in-the-field efforts protect natural beauty, revitalize wildlife habitat, and restore the environment’s natural function as a pollution-removing filter, protecting the Lake’s water quality and clarity. In short, healing the land protects all you treasure about Tahoe.
WHAT / VISUALS:
Five hands-on volunteer projects will occur simultaneously at two sites:
- Saxon Creek, Meyers, CA
- – Seed dispersal to revegetate burned areas
- – Willow staking and streambank reinforcement to prevent erosion
- – Beaver dam analog construction to restore the stream’s natural flow
- Baldwin Beach, South Lake Tahoe, CA
- – Litter removal to erase a summer’s worth of recreation
- – Conifer removal to prevent tree roots from drying out sensitive marshland
Dozens of local and visiting volunteers of all ages and skill levels, along with team members from the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District and USDA Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Saturday, September 16
- 9:00am – noon – Restoration projects
- Noon – 1pm – Hosted lunch, celebration and raffle for participants
Many of Tahoe’s natural pollution filters – its meadows, streams and marshes – were damaged by unchecked development in the 20th century, along with forests that were clear-cut in the 19th century. More recently, climate change has driven prolonged droughts and intensified wildfires. Ecosystem restoration is key to bringing back the Lake’s natural filtration system, creating a healthy and safe fire regime, and making Tahoe resilient to the many impacts of the climate crisis.
HOW TO REGISTER:
Visit keeptahoeblue.org/events to RSVP and see the event details.
- Team members from the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District and USDA Forest Service
Chris Joseph, League to Save Lake Tahoe
The League to Save Lake Tahoe, also known by its iconic slogan “Keep Tahoe Blue,” protects and restores the Tahoe Basin’s unique natural beauty and environmental health – so you can enjoy it today and for future generations. Guided by science, we develop innovative solutions to complex environmental problems, mobilize thousands of volunteers each year, and act as both watchdog and advocate for Tahoe’s well-being. Learn more about our 66-year-old, 501c3 nonprofit organization at keeptahoeblue.org and @keeptahoeblue.