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Fire Adapted Communities Emerge in Tahoe

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.  – The Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities (Tahoe Network) continues to educate and empower Tahoe residents in its second year of operation. The omnipresence of wildfire in California and Nevada has led to a general awareness of wildfire risk, but knowledge of fire behavior is less widespread. Helping people understand embers – how they ignite materials which can lead to home destruction, and how to prevent such events, is a priority for the program.

Embers are the greatest catalyst to home ignition during wildfire. They can be lofted to the sky and travel miles from the front of a fire, igniting the plants, debris, and trees they land on. These fuel sources can spread fire to homes if not managed properly. Managing the defensible space on properties out to 100 feet is one way to reduce your risk to embers. Because many properties in Tahoe don’t typically extend 100 feet out from a house, talking to your neighbors about defensible space is imperative. The Tahoe Network seeks to connect neighbors and bring defensible space to the community level, creating neighborhood-wide defensible space and wildfire preparedness.

“Even with the best efforts of fire resources; numerous homes are lost within the wildland urban interface due to catastrophic wildfire,” –Michael Schwartz, North Tahoe Fire Protection District Fire Chief “Having defensible space should be a priority for homeowners and renters for several reasons. Defensible space not only keeps your home safe from wildfire, but also your neighbor’s home safe.  Additionally, defensible space is significant for the protection of firefighters defending your home.”

Involved Tahoe residents are a key component to the success of the Tahoe Network. All residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin are encouraged to step up, become leaders, and help prepare their neighborhoods for wildfire. Neighborhood leaders work with community coordinators and fire district personnel, sharing information with neighbors about ember vulnerabilities and defensible space, hosting workshops, and celebrating the work being done. Empowering Tahoe residents to stand with confidence in the face of wildland fire is one of the fundamental outcomes of the program.

The Tahoe Network has myriad landscaping resources to help you incorporate defensible space into your property, as well as vetted lists of contractors who can do the work. Additionally, local fire protection districts provide free defensible space evaluations and chipping services. Please contact your local fire protection district or our community coordinator for more information.

The Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities program is part of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, and aims to raise wildfire awareness and empower residents to take action to reduce their wildfire risk. For more information on Fire Adapted Communities and how you can help protect your home and community from wildfire, please contact our community coordinator at: eosgood@tahoercd.org 530.543.1501 ext. 114

 

 

Landscape Conservation Survey

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The Landscape Conservation Program is seeking input from past participants of the program in order to continue to serve the community with high quality services into the future.

If you have received services through the the Landscape Conservation Program in the past, we please ask that you take 5 minutes of your time to fill out the online survey at the link below.  

Your feedback is highly valued and is integral to the continued development of the program. We thank all that participated this summer for for another great field season.  

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9th Annual Landscape Conservation Workshop: Sunday August 14th 12:00pm – 3:30pm

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On Sunday August 14th  join us from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm for the 9th annual Landscape Conservation Workshop at the Evans Family Garden.  The garden is located at 1383 Mount Olympia Circle in South Lake Tahoe.  To get to the Evans Family Garden from South Lake Tahoe travel south on Lake Tahoe Boulevard from the “Wye” to Mt. Ranier Drive, just past the Angora Creek Bridge, and take your second left onto Mt. Olympia Circle.  SIgns will be posted from Lake Tahoe Boulevard .

 The workshop will provide a unique opportunity to see demonstrations of Tahoe Friendly Landscape practices and to interact with local conservation professionals who will be there to answer questions.  Subjects that will be covered at the event include: BMPS and erosion control, gardening for wildlife, water conservation and irrigation efficiency, Fire Adapted Communities and Defensible Space, Tahoe native and adapted plants, lawn conversion practices, vegetable gardening, and composting.  We would graciously thank our  event partners: South Lake Tahoe Public Utilities District, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, California Conservation Corps, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, League to Save Lake Tahoe, and the Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners.  For more information contact Adam Henriques at ahenriques@tahoercd.org

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Tahoe RCD in partnership with STPUD is hosting FREE Water Conservation Workshops

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Don’t miss out on these Water Conservation Workshops being held on the North and South shores of Lake Tahoe! These workshops are great for professionals as well as residents, and discuss a variety of topics dealing with ways to conserve water in the current drought situation we are experiencing. 

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8th Annual Conservation Landscape Tour

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Get inspired to transform your home’s landscape into a mountain oasis! This year’s theme is discovering the many approaches to Tahoe Friendly Landscaping. The tour will begin at the Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden where participants can pick up passports and a map of the landscape tour while enjoying refreshments and interacting with a BMP maintenance demonstration. While on the tour you will have the pleasure of viewing numerous houses from our local community that are shining examples of sustainable landscaping. Each of the houses will be hosted by a local agency acting as your informational resource in regards to these landscapes. Topics will include attracting pollinators to your garden, integrated pest management, sustainable turf care, habitat gardening, erosion control, defensible space, and gardening with native and climate appropriate plants. We would like to thank Keep Tahoe Blue, South Tahoe Public Utility District, Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy, City of South Lake Tahoe, and Master Gardeners of El Dorado County for coming together to make this year’s conservation landscape tour one the community will not forget.

 Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Check –in Begins at 4:15

This event is free to attend, RSVP is requested

Contact: Sarah Bauwens at sbauwens@tahoercd.org or 530-543-1501 ext.126