Formed in 2017, the Lake Tahoe Sustainable Recreation Working Group is a multi-sector working group of conservation and recreation professionals, private and nonprofit partners, and recreation stakeholders. The primary goal, and ultimate desired outcome is to provide high-quality outdoor recreation experiences, while preserving and restoring the outstanding natural and cultural resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Working Group Members
- United States Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
- Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
- California State Parks
- Nevada Division of State Lands/Nevada State Parks
- City of South Lake Tahoe
- Tahoe City Public Utility District
- California Tahoe Conservancy
- Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce
- Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
- North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
- League to Save Lake Tahoe
- Tahoe Fund
- Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
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Provide high-quality outdoor recreation experiences, while preserving and restoring the outstanding natural and cultural resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Sustainable Recreation Values:
Shared Leadership: All are invited to be stewards of Lake Tahoe and collectively create a more sustainable recreation future. Collaboration drives equitable access, quality experiences, and environmental preservation across the Region.
Access for All: Equitable and inclusive access is prioritized ensuring all people can enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Partners promote projects and programs to increase public access and offer a diverse set of recreation experiences for all.
Quality Experience: Recreation experiences are thoughtfully planned, and a diverse set of recreation opportunities and experiences are provided. Quality experience is driven by diversity, quality, and uniqueness and supports local business and community.
Respect Communities: Outdoor recreation and visitation are balanced with community needs. Tahoe culture is preserved as a key asset of the community and quality of life serves as an economic driver.
Health and Well-Being: The outdoors and recreation serve as a restorative experience for all. The inspiration and natural healing of Tahoe are used to recharge the human spirit and mind.
Stakeholders developing shared recreation values at a 2018 workshop.
- Increase coordination among recreation managers in the Basin, including public land managers and local jurisdictions, while enhancing engagement with non-profits, the private sector, recreation stakeholders, and user communities.
- Integrate recreation management considerations into planning and implementation processes at local and regional scales (i.e. local and regional plans, forest plans, transportation plans, corridor plans).
- Develop a Basin-wide sustainable recreation strategic plan that includes decision support tools, policies, management strategies, funding, project recommendations, and implementation support to achieve desired conditions.
- Establish Basin-wide recreation indicators, thresholds, and monitoring protocols and acquire consistent and quality recreation data (i.e. site-specific user experiences and recreational usage, natural resource and recreation facility conditions).
- Identify, prioritize, and address ongoing sustainable recreation topics (i.e. regionally significant “hot-spot” issues, funding needs, project development, stewardship messaging) and foster positive outcomes that apply at local and regional scales.