At our architect firm in Lake Tahoe, NV, we always enjoy every opportunity to share some environmental news with you in addition to our insight about designing mountain and golf course homes in Nevada and California.
Today we’re excited to announce that the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership has identified 60,000 acres of local, state, federal, and private that will be involved in a significant restoration project over the next few years.
According to a story from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s website, the group has been working on this project for over two years. Referred to as the “Landscape Restoration Strategy,” this project “substantially increase the pace and scale of restoration efforts, including forest thinning, prescribed fires, and meadow, aspen and stream restoration.”
All combined, the program also aims to help protect homes on the West side of the Lake from wildfire devastation. The targeted areas stretch from Tahoe City to Emerald Bay and encompass more than one-third of the Tahoe Basin.
Our friend and North Tahoe Fire Chief Mike Schwartz noted, “Only a strategy of this caliber can address restoring forests, streams, and wildlife habitat at the pace and scale necessary to be effective. Landscape-level restoration protects communities from wildfire and creates resilient forests.”
There were some key highlights* within the story that detail more of the specifics of the program that will:
• Reduce by 50% the amount of forest expected to burn in future high-severity fires.
• Reduce risk of property losses from future wildfire in west shore communities by as much as $4 million per year on average.
• Reduce days with very high smoke emissions by 90%, translating to millions of dollars’ worth of avoided health costs annually in the future.
• Over the next half-century, allow for a tripling in the number of old forests (with trees over 130 years old) to sustain populations of old-forest associated wildlife including spotted owls, goshawks, and martens in the face of climate change.
• Protect native fish, water resources, and lake clarity by reducing the risk of high-severity fires in sensitive watersheds, improving the forest road network, increasing water availability to streams, and enhancing the quality of meadows and riparian habitats.
• Restore a safer, more natural fire regime by substantially increasing (by eight times or more) the amount of managed, low-intensity surface fires in the forest. By doing so, enhance plant and wildlife diversity and cultural resources important to the Washoe Tribe.
• Allow for continued increases in carbon sequestration by 40% over the next century.
• More than double the acres of forest restored per year, on average.
If you are interested in conservation and restoration information within the Lake Tahoe Basin, we suggest you visit:
At Borelli Architecture in Incline Village, NV, we have been designing lakefront estates, mountain retreats and golf course residences with the region for over 30 years, we certainly have our own Lake Tahoe Basin and County resources as well. So never hesitate to send us a note or give us call.
*Source: Lake Tahoe West Landscape Restoration Strategy
May you enjoy a white and wonderful Christmas season,
Lake Tahoe / Truckee