This summer, GBI crews and Research Associates are fanning out across the Lake Tahoe Basin to support a variety of environmental initiatives. The Tahoe Fund has provided $50,000 to elevate the long-standing partnership between the institute and the USDA Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Crews will provide restoration and trail support while associates conduct wilderness, forestry, archaeological, and recreation monitoring and outreach. Hundreds of acres of wilderness will be patrolled, archaeological resources will be protected, and thousands of guests arriving at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center will be engaged in conservation education programs.
This summer marks the 18th consecutive field season for this successful partnership that has resulted in tremendous positive impacts to the national forest and the communities within this unique high mountain lake. “It is exciting to see our relationship with the US Forest Service continue in such diversified and important ways,” said Dr. Lynn Zimmerman, Research Associate Program Director. “The participants’ experience offers rich exposure to forest programs and allows for so many to become engaged in vital efforts to promote the Tahoe Basin’s natural and cultural heritage.” The institute is grateful for the support of the Tahoe Fund and all those at the Forest Service who make the partnership such a success story for seasonal staff, associates, crews, and the national forest.