WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE FOR THE DESTINATION STEWARDSHIP PLAN

Lake Tahoe residents, community members and stakeholders interested in responsible tourism and recreation management are invited to participate in workshops this month to create a destination stewardship plan that will balance the needs of the environment, businesses, visitors and local communities of Lake Tahoe. This new shared strategy will inspire everyone to take care of Tahoe.

A collaboration of 13 public and private sector organizations invites residents and stakeholders from the greater Tahoe area, including Truckee, California, to speak in a series of visioning workshops scheduled for May 2022.

Residents and stakeholders are invited to participate in Visioning Workshops on May 16, 17, and 18 at locations around the Tahoe Basin, as well as an option for Zoom.

Experts in the field of destination stewardship, including the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) ​​and the Travel Foundation, help guide the process of creating a shared vision and decision-making framework for management sustainable tourism and recreation in the Lake Tahoe region. . In addition, the team includes South Lake Tahoe-based research firm SMG Consulting and Civitas Advisors, which specializes in sustainable financing solutions.

“The way people access and depend on public land is changing. From hiking to skiing, we welcome new and more diversified users, sometimes in increasing numbers. said Erick Walker, forestry supervisor, USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “Now is the time for us to come together to learn how we can better coordinate and improve the whole picture.”

A core team leads the project from federal, state, county, tribal, and local government organizations, as well as businesses, nonprofits, and the four destination organizations that market and manage tourism in the Lake Tahoe area.

“This unprecedented collaboration with land managers, visitor authorities and the local community is exactly what we need right now,” said Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO and Core Team Representative. “Together, we will work to develop a plan that will improve the quality of the Tahoe experience for everyone while caring for our amazing environment.”

To ensure the plan supports a shared vision of the future of tourism and recreation, it will draw on extensive local engagement, including two rounds of public workshops, one-on-one interviews and focus group meetings with stakeholders, including the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.

The first series of workshops invite participants to identify opportunities to increase the direct benefits of tourism and recreation, while addressing challenges and creating the plan’s vision and mission statements and key objectives.

Here are the dates, locations and times for five in-person events:

  • May 16 – North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach, CA – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Truckee Citizens Invited to Kings Beach, Incline Village and Virtual Zoom Workshops
  • May 17 – Parasol Community Foundation, Incline Village, NV – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • May 18 – Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • May 18 – Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Office, South Shore/Stateline – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Zoom workshop – date to be determined

A fifth virtual workshop will be scheduled following the May workshops. All are invited to register for a workshop, learn more about the planning process, and sign up to receive project news, workshop results, and other feedback opportunities on StewardshipTahoe.org.