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Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Tahoe Resource Conservation District Tahoe RCD promotes the conservation and improvement of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s soil, water, and related natural resources by providing leadership, information, programs, and technical assistance to all land managers, owners, and organizations.

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The Tahoe RCD would like to show appreciation for all our our amazing staff by introducing them to the public.Meet Andre...
03/03/2022

The Tahoe RCD would like to show appreciation for all our our amazing staff by introducing them to the public.

Meet Andrea Buxton, the Stormwater & Environmental Services Program Manager. She has been working for the Tahoe RCD for 10 years and lived in Tahoe for 26. Her favorite pastimes are mountain biking and skiing.

"The best thing about living in Tahoe City is the North Tahoe community. We are all bonded by our shared experiences with violent storms, overwhelming tourists, bear break-ins, epic powder days, amazing mountain bike trails, gorgeous days on the lake, and our love of nature. It’s really special to me that I get to be part of protecting the environment that we all play in and cherish as a place where our souls can thrive.

I love the people I work with and the work we get to do. Knowing that I have a job with like-minded people that serves the noble purpose of defending and enriching the place we love is priceless.

My kids told me 'life would really suck if we didn’t live in Tahoe', I agree!"

Wildlife Survey Crew MembersTahoe RCD is hiring wildlife survey crew members to conduct wildlife surveys. Urban lots and...
02/25/2022

Wildlife Survey Crew Members

Tahoe RCD is hiring wildlife survey crew members to conduct wildlife surveys. Urban lots and non-urban landscapes will be surveyed prior to implementation of land management activities in the Tahoe Basin. Surveys may include identification of suitable habitat features, identifying birds by sight and sound, and detecting nesting birds, bats, and special status species. This is a physically demanding position that requires working early morning hours. Job duties include conducting surveys alone and on a team, keeping detailed records of survey results, and entering data into national databases and/or spreadsheets.

Click here for a full job description:https://tahoercd.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Wildlife-Biologist-Crew-Member-Job-Description-2022-v2.pdf

Photo Credit: Matthew Cohen

Wildlife Survey Crew LeadTahoe RCD is hiring a wildlife survey crew leader to conduct wildlife surveys and supervise a f...
02/25/2022

Wildlife Survey Crew Lead

Tahoe RCD is hiring a wildlife survey crew leader to conduct wildlife surveys and supervise a field crew. Urban lots and non-urban landscapes will be surveyed prior to implementation of land management activities in the Tahoe Basin. Surveys may include identification of suitable habitat features, identifying birds by sight and sound, and detecting nesting birds, bats, and special status species. This is a physically demanding position that requires working early morning hours. Job duties include conducting surveys alone and on a team, managing schedules, supervising a 2-3 person field crew, keeping detailed records of survey results, and writing summary reports at the end of the field season.

Click here for a full job description:https://tahoercd.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Wildlife-Biologist-Crew-Leader-Job-Description-2022-v2.pdf

Photo Credit: Matthew Cohen

Don’t forget!!!! If you have been wondering what’s up with the Upper Truckee River Bridge in Johnson Meadow there is an ...
02/03/2022

Don’t forget!!!! If you have been wondering what’s up with the Upper Truckee River Bridge in Johnson Meadow there is an informational webinar TONIGHT! Tune in at 5:30pm to hear about bridge and Greenway planning from El Dorado County.

To learn more please visit the project site to read the Feasibility Report (under the “Documents” tab): https://www.edcgov.us/Government/dot/Pages/South-Tahoe-Greenway.aspx

To learn about how to log on to the public webinar follow this link: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/dot/Documents/Tahoe-Engineering/95201 feas public notice.pdf

El Dorado County, CA - Government

So far this water year has been unpredictable – we had one of the wettest Octobers on record, followed by one of the dri...
01/28/2022
Stormwater Program

So far this water year has been unpredictable – we had one of the wettest Octobers on record, followed by one of the driest Novembers, a record breaking December, and what looks to be one of the driest Januarys on record. January in Tahoe is often dry, with locals affectionately calling it “June-uary”.

What will February bring? Our storm chasers at Tahoe RCD hope that it’s a wet one, so keep doing those snow dances!

Learn more about Tahoe RCD’s monitoring program here: https://tahoercd.org/our-work/stormwater-program/

If you’ve walked along Lake Tahoe’s beaches, you have probably spotted them: stormdrains discharging dirty water to Lake Tahoe from surrounding land areas. While stormdrains have the very practical and necessary function of draining water away from urban lands to prevent flooding, they often hav...

Have you been wondering about the Upper Truckee River bridge in Johnson Meadow? Or the South Tahoe Greenway? Our partner...
01/24/2022

Have you been wondering about the Upper Truckee River bridge in Johnson Meadow? Or the South Tahoe Greenway? Our partner, El Dorado County, has been working to replace the bridge and extend the Greenway from Sierra Boulevard to South Avenue. To learn more please attend their informational webinar on Feb. 3rd and be sure to visit the project site to read the Feasibility Report (under the “Documents” tab) to learn more.

Links:
https://www.edcgov.us/Government/dot/Pages/South-Tahoe-Greenway.aspx
https://www.edcgov.us/Government/dot/Documents/Tahoe-Engineering/95201 feas public notice.pdf
El Dorado County, CA - Government

The Sierra Club Tahoe Area Group meetings are back for 2022!Join Tahoe Area Sierra Club and Tahoe RCD's Fire Adapted Com...
01/20/2022

The Sierra Club Tahoe Area Group meetings are back for 2022!

Join Tahoe Area Sierra Club and Tahoe RCD's Fire Adapted Communities staff for a virtual webinar about Fire Adapted Communities work in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Learn how Lake Tahoe agencies and residents have collaborated to sustainably live with the inevitable presence of fire and about Fire Adapted Communities efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin. We hope you can join us!

For more information and to register please visit https://www.sierraclub.org/mother-lode/tahoe/outings-and-events.

Photo: CAL FIRE

12/08/2021

We are expecting to see the fist snowfall of the winter season tonight. Make sure your homes and vehicles are properly prepared for upcoming elements. 🌨 ⛄️

The weather sure can be unpredictable! So far this water year has been an exciting one – we had one of the wettest Octob...
12/07/2021

The weather sure can be unpredictable! So far this water year has been an exciting one – we had one of the wettest Octobers on record, with an atmospheric river rain event that brought over 7 inches of rain to the Tahoe basin, followed by one of the driest Novembers. This graph shows annual precipitation amounts over the years – with drier years indicated in red/orange, and wetter years indicated in blue. While we’re hoping for a big winter for 2022, in the meantime we’re enjoying the nice weather that we have.

Learn more about Tahoe RCD’s monitoring program here: https://tahoercd.org/our-work/stormwater-program/

We're #hiring! Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) is seeking a team-oriented individual to be its next Exe...
11/02/2021

We're #hiring! Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) is seeking a team-oriented individual to be its next Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible for managing and directing the internal business operations of the Tahoe RCD along with being the face of Tahoe RCD to a large and varied group of government, research, NGOs, and private partners.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in an executive or high-level management position in an organization that is primarily grant-funded and has a staff of at least 10-15 people.

Learn more here: https://tahoercd.org/about-us/job-opportunities/

"Alongside these landscape-based efforts, the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, led by seven fire districts and...
10/12/2021
Preparing for Wildfires Pays Off in South Lake Tahoe

"Alongside these landscape-based efforts, the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities, led by seven fire districts and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, focused on neighborhood and individual resiliency, including home hardening, defensible space development, and education around evacuating safely."

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Collaborative preventative efforts done since a 2007 wildfire were key to saving homes and structures

Have you ever heard of a pre-attack plan? A pre-attack plan is a large format paper plan that is distributed to first re...
09/23/2021

Have you ever heard of a pre-attack plan?
A pre-attack plan is a large format paper plan that is distributed to first responders in an event of a wildfire.

Have you ever wondered who produces them for the Lake Tahoe Basin?
Introducing our resident cartographer Cara Moore who in partnership with CALFIRE, local fire districts and agencies, began work on Pre-Attack Plans for the Lake Tahoe Basin in 2017. Over the course of the next 3 years, Cara created maps for the urban areas of the Tahoe Basin and the Heavenly Ski Resort. She is holding a picture of the current pre-attack plans that helped emergency responders during the Caldor Fire and has reflected on her time working on this project.

“This was a really fun project to be a part of, we would gather in a room and use colored pens to draw on the maps to indicate important information – critical infrastructure to protect, locations for incident command posts, helispots, staging areas, and much more. I would then translate this information into digital form for print. In the end I created a product that I hoped never had to be used, but when the time came and the fire was in the Basin, I was glad that we had completed the project and the first responders had the Pre-Attack Plans to help guide them in protecting our community. I live in Meyers and was evacuated during the Caldor fire, and I am forever grateful to the firefighters for saving our community. Thank you firefighters!”

#caldorfire #tahoe #thankyoufirefighters

We're hiring! Tahoe RCD is looking for a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Member to serve primarily in the Fi...
08/26/2021

We're hiring! Tahoe RCD is looking for a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Member to serve primarily in the Fire Adapted Communities Program and assist with special projects for the District in the Restoration Program and Stormwater Program.

The terms runs November 1st, 2021 to September 30th, 2022 and includes a living allowance, loan forbearance, and health
care benefits during the term of service, as well as an end-of-service education award.

Apply by August 31st!

https://sierranevadaalliance.org/snap-position-descriptions/

Each stormwater sampling location is equipped with a sensor to determine how much water passes through the monitoring si...
08/25/2021

Each stormwater sampling location is equipped with a sensor to determine how much water passes through the monitoring site, a turbidity sensor (the third photo) to measure the cloudiness of the water, and a sample intake tube to collect runoff samples in the bottles shown in the second photo. These sensors are controlled by a Campbell Scientific program and data points are collected on a data logger also shown in the second photo. All this data helps us determine if the water quality is improving in response to all the actions the jurisdictions are taking to reduce stormwater pollution.

To learn more about the Stormwater Program visit: https://tahoercd.org/our-work/stormwater-program/

08/18/2021
Story Map: Tahoe’s Climate Future

A powerful story map highlighting how climate change is expected to impact the Lake Tahoe Basin in the coming years and what current agencies are already doing.

Link below 👇 👇 👇

The Fire Adapted Communities Program has been developing a Long-Term Renters guide to prepare for wildfires. Renters mak...
08/18/2021

The Fire Adapted Communities Program has been developing a Long-Term Renters guide to prepare for wildfires. Renters make up 59% of Lake Tahoe's housing units yet there has been no wildfire preparedness resources developed specifically for them. Over the course of the summer, Amanda and her colleagues developed new ways of engaging with renters in order to help develop a more tailored resource for the community.

This picture is of Lake Tahoe residents reviewing the renter’s guide at a South Shore Focus Group. Recruiting volunteers during the summer can be challenging. When participants were asked where they preferred to meet, “the beach” was the most popular suggestion.

To read more about the process of developing the guide, go to https://fireadaptednetwork.org/renters-and-wildfire.../

Photo credit: Anya Obrez, Tahoe Resource Conservation District

#FACNetBlog #Wildfireprepardness #ConservationDistricts #LakeTahoe #CommunityEngagement

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Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) is one of nearly 3000 Conservation Districts across the country helping people to protect land, water, forests, wildlife, and related natural resources. The California State Legislature formed the Tahoe RCD in 1974 under Division 9 of the California Public Resources Code. Tahoe RCD is a non-regulatory, grant-funded, not-for-profit agency.

Current programs at the Tahoe RCD focus on erosion control, runoff infiltration, terrestrial and aquatic invasive species control and prevention, and conservation landscaping. The Tahoe RCD works with its partner agencies to obtain grant funding and integrate all aspects of backyard conservation into its programs, including fire defensible space, water conservation, fertilizer management, and wildlife habitat enhancement. The Tahoe RCD works in the states of California and Nevada within the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The majority of the activities conducted by the Tahoe RCD fall under the Backyard Conservation Program (BCP), a nationwide effort to educate private homeowners about simple, inexpensive conservation measures they can utilize in their own backyards. The BCP is a joint effort of the Wildlife Habitat Council, the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Tahoe RCD is recognized throughout the country for its progressive BCP. The Best Management Practices Program and the Invasive Species Program at the Tahoe RCD both fall under the BCP umbrella.

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The mission of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) is to promote the conservation, stewardship and knowledge of the Lake Tahoe Region’s natural resources by providing leadership and innovative environmental services to all stakeholders.

Current programs at the Tahoe RCD focus on stormwater management, fire adapted communities, invasive species control and prevention, and conservation landscaping initiatives.

The Tahoe RCD is one of nearly 3000 Conservation Districts across the country helping people to protect land, water, forests, wildlife, and related natural resources.

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SNAP Spotlight 💫 Jordan Vena serves his first term with Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD). He helps to protect local resources through the fire-adapted communities program. Jordan is originally from San Diego, CA, before heading up north where he earned his B.S. in earth science from UC Santa Cruz. At Tahoe RCD, Jordan updates the living with fire webpage and helps to ensure that citizens of the basin are informed when it comes to wildfire events.⁠ Jordan also patrols Johnson's Meadow, a large watershed area the RCD owns. He goes to the Meadow once or twice a week just to make sure everything is order - no trash, safety hazards, or other issues that may impact the ecosystem. Jordan looks forward to outreach events and workshops in the basin as an opportunity to connect with other SNAP members. We are incredibly excited to have Jordan with us this term and are incredibly grateful for his contribution to saving the Sierra! To learn more about SNAP, visit bit.ly/SNAPProgram #sierranevadaalliance #SNAP #AmeriCorps #tahoercd #wildfire #volunteer #sierranevada #gettingthingsdone #servethesierra #SNAPspotlight
Transporters headed to Tahoe can be connected to Tahoe Resource Conservation District boat inspectors to help facilitate and expedite the watercraft inspection process, and if needed, decontamination. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Tahoe Resource Conservation District no longer needed the mobile unit as they now have permanent equipment at several boat inspection stations.
Tahoe Resource Conservation District is hiring!
Please join Tahoe Resource Conservation District for the second informational webinar on the planning for the Johnson Meadow Restoration. Come learn all about the project, progress to date, and how you can be involved. The webinar takes place on October 20 at 5 pm. ➡️Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-wP4-EuVSB-1bzQvXGhPlQ
Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day, Fall 2021 Check out #LakeTahoeTV visit to the League’s #TahoeForestStewardshipDay at Johnson Meadow. Together, we will #KeepTahoeBlue. Tahoe Resource Conservation District City of South Lake Tahoe Government
Neither chilly winds nor a few inches of unexpected lake-effect snow will stop post-Caldor Fire recovery efforts. Our forestry aides and Tahoe Resource Conservation District's restoration crew continue to install silt fences and stabilize Conservancy lots affected by fire suppression lines.
Recovery work from the Caldor Fire is well underway. This past summer, fire agencies bulldozed miles of containment lines to protect Tahoe communities from the fire. In recent weeks, they brought the bulldozers back to repair the lines, some of which cross Conservancy properties. Following assessment by our staff, Tahoe Resource Conservation District crews are further stabilizing affected Conservancy properties to help them recover in the months and years ahead. (The Caldor Fire spared this neighborhood. The burn scar above is from the 2007 Angora Fire.)
Fuel reduction treatments in South Lake Tahoe made a significant difference when the #Caldorfire crested the Sierra and entered the #LakeTahoe basin. Treatments were designed to alter and reduce fire behavior, adjusting the environment enough to allow firefighters to be successful in the firefight and save homes. Resilient forests can withstand the effects of fire and other disturbances and help forests remain as forests, where green living trees remain after a fire has gone through. Collaboration between 21 partners, including CAL FIRE, through the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team made this work possible. CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit California Conservation Corps California State Parks California Tahoe Conservancy Lake Valley Fire Protection District (official) Meeks Bay Fire Protection District Nevada State Parks Nevada Division of Forestry North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Tahoe Resource Conservation District Tahoe Regional Planning Agency University of Nevada, Reno Extension U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Conservancy projects are getting rapidly back on track following evacuation from the Caldor Fire. Here is Haley Lazar, lot inspector and land steward with Tahoe Resource Conservation District, conducting routine water quality monitoring today for the Upper Truckee Marsh Restoration Project.
A great article showcasing the hard work the Golden Bear community has been doing to prepare for wildfire - becoming the first South Lake Tahoe neighborhood to earn its National Firewise USA Designation, a title issued by the National Fire Protection Association, in 2020. The Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities (Tahoe Network) led by the Tahoe Resource Conservation District's Fire Adapted Communities Program, local fire districts, and public land management agencies have been working with Lake Tahoe residents and communities to prepare for wildfire. There are now 53 engaged Fire Adapted Communities and 6 Firewise USA® sites in the Tahoe Network. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/01/california-caldor-fire-lake-tahoe-prepare?CMP=twt_a-world_b-gdnworld
Check out Tahoe Resource Conservation District's Stormwater Monitoring Program which monitors urban stormwater runoff entering the lake for nutrients and sediments. To learn more click here >> https://tahoercd.org/our-work/stormwater-program/