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2012 Project Investments

Tahoe Fund helped connect donors with the following three projects that will improve the environment and enhance recreational opportunities in Lake Tahoe.


Blackwood Creek Restoration/Eagle Rock Trail, West Shore

Raised: $30,100
Lead Agency: California Tahoe Conservancy

The Lower Blackwood Creek and Eagle Rock Restoration Project will restore one of Tahoe’s most impaired watersheds and create a spectacular new trail on the lake’s west shore, just five miles south of Tahoe City. The project is the final piece of a comprehensive interagency effort to restore the watershed. Blackwood Creek contributes over 1900 tons of fine sediment per year to Lake Tahoe, more per unit of area than any other watershed in the Tahoe Basin. Through a collaborative effort led by the California Tahoe Conservancy, the creek and its riparian areas will be restored, fish and wildlife habitat will be improved, and an interpretive kiosk will be installed. A new trail will also be built to the summit of Eagle Rock, providing a 20-minute walk to stunning views of nearly all of Lake Tahoe. Camping, picnic tables, restrooms, and beach access are just minutes away at Kaspian Campground and Day Use Area to the north and Sugar Pine Point State Park to the south.

Thank you to our donors:
Blum Family Foundation
Schatzi Boyd
Ted Gaines
Nancy & Max Gisko
Cindy Gustafson & Wally Auerbach
Sue & Sam Harrosh
Jean Jarvis & Eric Havian
Lawrence Heifitz & Daphne Palmer
Randy Hill
Meganne & Mark Houghton-berry
Fred & Barbara Ilfeld
Sharon Lane
Steve Lind
Bob & Suzie Mecay
Pete Mulligan
Northstar Resort
Lori & Dave Rhodes
Bill & Jennifer Rock
Woody & Denise Shackleton
Squaw Valley
Andrew Strain
Lynn Suter

Rabe Meadow Bike Trail, South Shore

Raised: $14,500
Lead Agencies: Carson City, Douglas County, Incline Village General Improvement District, Nevada Division of State Parks, Nevada Division of State Lands, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Transportation District, USDA Forest Service, Washoe County, Nevada Department of Transportation, Lake Tahoe License Plates, Federal Highway Administration and the Washoe Tribe

The Rabe Meadow Bike Path is a key segment of the Lake Tahoe Bikeway, a proposed new bike and pedestrian route around Lake Tahoe. The Bikeway will link communities around the lake, improve air quality, and provide a breathtaking recreational amenity for Tahoe residents and visitors. The 3-mile Rabe Meadow segment will extend from the Nevada/California border in Stateline, Nevada to Round Hill Pines Resort. This segment will provide a direct connection from  the south shore’s major tourist and lodging corridor to several residential, shopping, school, and beach areas. The bike path will also include environmentally sensitive design features, including boardwalks over wetland areas, and connections to major transit hubs.

Thank you to our donors:
Allen & Linda Biaggi
Casey & Molly Blann
DD & Paul Felton
Frank Forvilly
Dave & Jan Hardie
Sharon Lane
Jim & Mechele Larmore
Nancy McDermid
Bob & Suzie Mecay
Lori & Dave Rhodes
Pete Sonntag
South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts
Lynn Suter
John & Debbie Wagnon

Incline/3rd Creek Restoration, North Shore

Raised: $10,550
Lead Agencies: IVGID, US Army Corps of Engineers, Nevada Division of State Lands

The Third and Incline Creek watershed is Nevada’s highest priority restoration project in Lake Tahoe. It contributes more fine sediment that damages the clarity of Lake Tahoe than any other watershed in Nevada. The first two phases of this collaborative interagency project were completed in 2009 and 2010 by the Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID), the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Nevada Division of State Lands.  Portions of Third Creek were restored, culverts were replaced, and new bridges were built. The final phase will include stream restoration improvements on Third Creek from Lakeshore Drive to Lake Tahoe, and on Third and Incline Creeks from Incline Way to State Route 28. To allow for safe, stabilized foot traffic across both creeks, pedestrian bridges and stairs have been included in the project design. The project will significantly improve water quality, improve fish passage, and provide a recreational amenity in the heart of Incline Village.

Thank you to our donors:
Scott & Lia Bensing
Linda Brinkley & Ron Randolph-Wall
Tim & Denise Cashman
Art & Colleen Chapman
Jason & Melissa Green
Maryanne Ingemanson
Debbie & Mitch Legarza
Bob & Suzie Mecay
Dean & Madelyn Meiling
Aaron Moore
Kern Schumacher
Lys Truax
Whyman Family Fund