California Tahoe Conservancy, State of California
The California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy) is a State agency, established in 1985, with a mission to lead California’s efforts to restore and enhance the extraordinary natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
California’s ten State conservancies play an integral role in conserving, protecting, and restoring natural resources and providing public recreational opportunities. Together, the conservancies comprise a coordinated effort, bringing government resources to designated regions of State and national significance.
The Conservancy owns and manages nearly 4,700 parcels of land, totaling around 6,500 acres, for the purpose of protecting the natural environment and promoting public recreation and access to Lake Tahoe.
The Conservancy has also provided over 170 grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations for projects under the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program to restore the Lake Tahoe watershed, provide public recreation and access, protect ecologically important lands, improve forest health and reduce the threat of wildfire.
The Conservancy’s Tahoe Livable Communities Program helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, restore sensitive lands, and revitalize the Basin’s town centers through the acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands, the transfer of development rights, and the sale, lease, or exchange of the Conservancy’s developable parcels in town centers.
The Conservancy collaboratively leads large-scale watershed and landscape restoration initiatives with over 50 public agencies to reduce wildfire threat, and plays a lead role in enhancing the Basin’s resilience and ability to adapt to climate change.
In all, the Conservancy has funded hundreds of environmental improvement projects, and has played a major role in the restoration of the Basin’s most environmentally sensitive areas, addressing the threat of climate change, and the reduction of wildfire risk within the Basin. In its first thirty years, these activities totaled over $450 million.