Throughout our news postings our architecture firm at Lake Tahoe likes to share information about our environmental issues that are impacting the land in which we live. Today, we want to bring you up to speed on some of the more significant projects that are being funded and organized through TahoeFund.org.
Before we get to the specifics, let me enlighten you about the purpose of this fine organization. As noted on their website:
“The Tahoe Fund was founded in 2010 as a registered nonprofit in the States of Nevada and California. The goal of the Tahoe Fund is to become a major source of private funding for environmental projects around the Lake Tahoe Basin with an emphasis on forest health, lake clarity, sustainable recreation, transportation and stewardship. They provide a common vision from which to build a sustainable future for this irreplaceable resource and for those who cherish and enjoy this mountain landscape.
Lake Tahoe lies within two states, five counties and hosts an extensive network of local, state and federal agencies. Tahoe Fund programs directly benefit a population base of 40,000 full-time residents and 20 million visitors to the Basin.”
Per their mission above, right now they are involved some interesting and significant projects. I’ll show you the highlights and then offer links to their stories so you can read more about the projects at hand.
Tyrolian Mountain Bike Trail Restoration
My wife, Kelly, and I enjoy mountain biking from our home in Incline Village. One of our favorite trails to test our tenacity is the popular Tyrolian Village trail which is just above a few homes that our architecture firm in Tahoe has remodeled in this quaint European-style community. There’s a terrific group of organizations that have joined forces to repair, restore, and renovate what used to be quite a challenging mountain bike trek. We send our appreciation now to those who are investing their time, talent, and treasure to remove the old timbers that caused endless bike enthusiast to take a tumble or two.
Smartest Forest Fund
With our summer wrapped within another wild wildfire season, we are looking forward to seeing the results of this very significant project. Entitled “Smartest Forest Fund,” this program includes several initiatives to repair, replant, and restore our forests throughout the Lake Tahoe basin. Highlights from their website note its goals:
-The Smartest Forest will dramatically decrease the time it takes to plan and approve restoration work.
-The Smartest Forest will use technology to enhance wildlife studies and harvesting plans.
-The Smartest Forest will find new outlets for the excess fuel in the forest.
-The Smartest Forest will prepare our community for wildfire evacuation.
-The Smartest Forest will find new financial tools to do more work more quickly.
Drink Tahoe Tap
Did you know that our tap water in Incline was voted as the best tasting water in the country? True story. And in an effort for locals and visitors alike to continually drink our tap water, and leave their plastic bottles at bay, the Tahoe Water Supply Association is offering the opportunity for local businesses to install new Water Bottle Refill Stations.
Available on a first-come basis, grants will be offered to Basin businesses who fill out the application, install the water bottle refill stations and submit proof of installation and payment between August 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
Here’s the application
with all the information you need to get one of these environmentally-friendly devices that offer safe and tasty water to all who visit your establishment.
As always, we encourage you to get involved in our community to help protect our piece of paradise.
James P. Borelli
Lake Tahoe / Truckee