Boating season is on the way. You can now book a watercraft inspection appointment online for a convenience fee of $15. All inspection stations will also take drop-ins. Inspections are available May 1 – September 30. Reserve your inspection appointment today at www.tahoeboatinspections.com.
Donations support the Tahoe Fund’s efforts to improve the Tahoe environment for all to enjoy
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (DATE, 2021) – Building new trails. Maintaining existing ones. Creating healthier forests. Supporting programs that get more kids outdoors. Helping to take care of Tahoe. Encouraging greater stewardship. The Tahoe Fund’s $1 for Tahoe program is making a big difference by offering a way to give back to Lake Tahoe one dollar at a time. Guest driven donations, collected by partner resorts, restaurants and other local businesses, have now surpassed the one million dollar mark.
“We are blown away by the support local businesses and their patrons have shown for Lake Tahoe,” said Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO. “This milestone shows how small acts of kindness of just $1 can have a huge impact. We are beyond grateful to our business partners for helping us collect these donations.”
The $1 for Tahoe program was started to harness the passion of visitors and residents to help care for Tahoe’s extraordinary environment. Participating local businesses collect dollars from their guests through their purchases of lift tickets, hotel accommodations, food and drink, and other items. Donations collected are then contributed to the Tahoe Fund’s efforts to support hiking and biking trails, watershed restoration projects, environmental stewardship programs and so much more.
“I am proud that Vail Resorts has been a supporter of the Tahoe Fund since its onset and I look forward to our continued partnership,” said Deirdra Walsh, vice president and general manager of Northstar California Resort. “Guests who visit Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood have the opportunity to donate through a variety of ways, and we provide those contributions to the Tahoe Fund. We’re fortunate to operate within the Tahoe Basin and support all efforts to preserve our wonderful natural environment.”
$1 for Tahoe partners include: Alpen Sierra Coffee, Bar of America, Big Blue Adventure, Blue Angel Cafe and Catering, Caliente, Edgewood Tahoe, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Heavenly Lake Tahoe, Homewood Mountain Resort, Julia Szendrei Jewelry, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Lakeside Inn and Casino, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Lake Tahoe Yoga, Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, Native To This Place, Northstar California, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Raley’s, Riva Grill, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Tahoe Exclusive Vacation Rentals, Tahoe Getaways, Tahoe South, West Shore Cafe, and Winter WonderGrass.
Click here to see how far your $1 for Tahoe can go.
Learn more about the $1 for Tahoe program and the Tahoe Fund at www.tahoefund.org. If you are a business who is interested in joining the $1 for Tahoe program, please contact Amy Berry at email@example.com.
No, officials will not be adding goldfish to Taylor Creek.
It is never a good idea to add non-native fish to Lake Tahoe.
In 2013, researchers found a goldfish that came in at 1.5 feet long and 4.2 pounds in the Tahoe Keys. The goldfish likely found its way into the water when someone emptied their goldfish aquarium into the local water. Goldfish are invasive and wreak havoc on the natural ecosystem by preying on native fish or interfering with their food supplies. Researchers believe that the increase in goldfish can contribute to a decrease in lake clarity, as goldfish waste produces nutrients that feed algae, causing algal blooms.
Goldfish are not the only species of fish that have been introduced to Lake Tahoe. Surveys of streams in the Tahoe Basin have shown that brook trout, rainbow trout, brown bullhead and blue gill make up a large number of non-native fish in the lake.
The Kokanee Salmon that spawn up Taylor Creek are also non-native. They were accidentally introduced into Lake Tahoe in the 1940’s when a fish hatchery on the North Shore flooded into the Lake. Each October the Kokanee Salmon make their way back to Taylor Creek for spawning. Interestingly, the salmon return to Taylor Creek because the scent of it is imprinted on their senses. It is important to note that these fish are not invasive and actually provide benefits to the ecosystem and economy.
Rainbow trout, another non-native species, were introduced in Lake Tahoe in the 1940s and are responsible for the near extinction of the native Lahontan cutthroat trout. Rainbow trout even cracked the list of top 100 worst invasive species in the world. These fish dominate their habitat by displacing native trout and altering the invertebrate community. Rainbow trout can hybridize with other species of trout, leading to a different species of fish.
Program’s unique outdoor learning courses foster leadership, literacy, environmental stewardship and connection with nature among high school students
TAHOE CITY, Calif. (March 30, 2021) – Iran Pacheco, an eleventh grade student at North Tahoe High School, will tell you that the Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) program she participated in last summer changed her life. In her words, “being outside more and staying active has made me more energetic, focused and happy.” The program also helped her build new friendships, gain confidence and get more involved. Reasons like these are why the Tahoe Fund has partnered with ARC to offer support for its programs.
“The goals of the ARC program are well aligned with those of the Tahoe Fund, and on behalf of our donors, we are pleased to contribute to their efforts to inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards,” said Meg Sandman, Tahoe Fund board member. “It is incredibly rewarding to support opportunities for local students to spend time outdoors learning and experiencing things they can’t get in a traditional classroom atmosphere.”
Designed to provide immersive outdoor and academic programs for underserved youth, ARC courses introduce first-generation students, English-language learners and all students who are motivated to experience a challenging outdoor and academic adventure in the Sierra Nevada mountains to outdoor recreation including backpacking, rock climbing and more. Paired with a curriculum focused on reading, writing and public speaking, students develop a broad understanding of what they’re capable of doing.
“Contributions from generous donors like the Tahoe Fund are critical to our ability to provide year-round outdoor and academic programs to young people who might otherwise not have access,” said Will Fassett, Adventure Risk Challenge associate director. “We are grateful that they share our commitment to inspiring environmental stewardship in the next generation.”
Since 2004, ARC has had over 300 summer graduates and 2,500+ year-round participants. A three-site organization that started in Tahoe, the program’s success is highlighted by the fact that 81% of participants go on to attend a two or four-year college. In addition, they experience growth in seven important developmental assets including positive identity, social competencies, and commitment to learning.
The summer 2021 ARC program is accepting applications now until April 23, and will take place in Tahoe from July 5 through August 7. For students who have been spending significant time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARC summer course will offer a month of outdoor adventures. Visit www.adventureriskchallenge.org/apply to learn more about the program and to submit an application. Visite https://adventureriskchallenge.org/es/programacion/ para obtener más información sobre el programa y enviar una solicitud.
Learn more about the Tahoe Fund and the programs it supports at www.tahoefund.org.
We are excited to announce that the Tahoe Fund now has a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar by Candid.
Here’s a bit about the GuideStar platform by Candid:
“Candid was born February 1, 2019, when Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces. We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it. Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. We find out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, we connect nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to the resources they need to do good, building on 88 years of dedicated experience.”
We are thrilled to be backed by GuideStar with a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency. Through GuideStar, we are confident that every potential donor will find all of the information that they need to make an informed decision about where their money goes, how it’s helping Lake Tahoe, and what programs we’ve supported in the last decade.
The Tahoe Fund’s mission is to use the power of philanthropy to improve the Lake Tahoe environment for all to enjoy.
Visit guidestar.org to see the Tahoe Fund Guidestar profile.