Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Conservation Landscaping

Come Grow with Us! Become a Master Gardener of Lake Tahoe

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Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge? Do you want to meet new people who share your gardening passion?

Then you sound like an ideal candidate to become a Master Gardener of Lake Tahoe. You will be trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension in science-based horticulture and then volunteer to teach others on sustainable gardening practices.

 Applications Due January 16th

 12 – Week Training Session

Fridays: March 13, 20, 27 – April 17 & 24 – May 1, 8, 15 & 29

Saturdays: March 21 & 28 – May 2

Cost: $185 (includes books and resources)

Classes held at Lake Tahoe Community College from 10am – 3pm

Apply at: http://ucanr.edu/uccemglt-application


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The 2014 Field Season has Ended

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Photo of Private Garden Tahoe BMPs

After a busy field season the Tahoe RCD will no longer be offering BMP or Landscape Conservation assistance until further notice. Please visit the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Stormwater Program website for BMP resources, TahoeBMP.org. To learn more about Tahoe Friendly Landscaping Practices, contact the UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe at http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardeners/LTMG/

Thank you for taking action to stop stormwater pollution in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Learn more about what you can do on the stormwater webpage and follow us on Facebook.

Don’t miss the resources on our Landscape Conservation webpage and check back to learn how your property can become Tahoe Friendly Landscape Certified in 2015.

All our services are grant funded and subject to change.

Thank you! 

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Don’t let invasive weeds take root in your backyard

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We’ve heard your concerns, so this summer we will be offering cost free invasive weed removal services in select California communities where invasive weed populations have been taking root. We want to assist you in the removal of the weeds that have been identified as priority weeds by Basin invasive weed managers before they continue to invade your property and neighboring landscapes.  Follow this link http://www.tahoeinvasiveweeds.org/ to learn how to identify some of the priority invasive weeds in the Lake Tahoe Basin. If you think that you may have one on your property, please contact the Tahoe RCD, http://tahoercd.org/contact-tahoe-rcd/ to verify the weed species. Then we will either provide you with a control strategy or we will roll up our sleeves and help you remove them.

What are invasive plants?

Invasive plants can grow and spread aggressively, choking out native and other desirable plants. The majority of non-native plants do not pose a threat to our Tahoe environment, however there are some that thrive in our climate and produce vast seed banks, have vigorous root systems, and lack natural predators. These characteristics enable these invaders to out-compete native plants and harm our natural environment. When left unchecked, they can impact wildlife communities, increase wildfire potential, accelerate erosion, and degrade native plant populations, water quality, land and recreational value. 

Why you should care

In the Lake Tahoe Basin, we have relatively low invasive weed populations which we can control with diligent prevention and control measures. You can made a difference by learning how to identify and manage invasive weeds including preventing their unintentional spread to new locations. Simple measures like removing seeds that cling to your clothing, bicycle or dog can prevent the spread of invasive weeds. If you are a gardener don’t plant of share invasive plants, no matter how pretty or easy to grow. Also, if you are bring materials to your property such as soil or rock, make sure that it is certified weed-free.  As you learn more about the importance of controlling invasive weeds, please spread your knowledge with your neighbors, friends and co-workers. The more we know, the stronger we can fight the threat of invasive weeds one yard at a time.  

Kudos to the South Lake Tahoe community

Last summer over 33 tributaries were monitored on the south shore of Lake Tahoe, 255 acres of terrestrial weeds were mapped and over 3,000 weeds manually removed by volunteers. Don’t miss out this year!  The Tahoe RCD will be organizing more community stewardship events. If you would like to be contacted sign up on-line or give us a call. You can also stay informed by visiting our website calendar where we will be posting various stewardship opportunities.

Weed Events

  • Identifying invasive weeds can be tricky, there are many look-a-likes. To learn from the experts and see what these weeds look like first hand, sign up for the free The Lake Tahoe Basin Weed Coordinating Group Invasive Weed ID training on June 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Forest Service Office in South Lake Tahoe.  Check back for registration details.
  • Create your own neighborhood weed pull event. We can help!

Community Watershed Partnership

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Through the Community Watershed Partnership program, in 2014, the Tahoe RCD is offering technical assistance in select watershed areas. Map of the Community Watershed Partnership areas is shown below:

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We will continue to assist property owners outside of these designated areas as time and funding permits. If you are seeking BMP, Lake Friendly Landscaping or Invasive Weed technical assistance, please use the ‘request our service’ form at TahoeRCD.org and we will contact you within 4 days to discuss next steps and the resources available to you.

The District’s present capacity to provide cost free BMP assistance is limited; however, the TRPA Stormwater Program webpage has resources available to help you design your own residential BMPs. Please visit TahoeBMP.org to learn more. 

If you have immediate questions about TRPA’s BMP program, please contact them by phone (775) 589-5202 or online TahoeBMP.org.

Please participate in our 2014 Community Survey to help us understand how we can assist you with BMPs and Landscape Conservation. Please note that Tahoe RCD services are grant funded and are subject to change.

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2013 Field Season Ends

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Beginning November 1, we are unable to provide assistance to new BMP and Conservation Landscaping Service Requests. However, as time permits, we will continue to assist homeowners and contractors with questions regarding BMP installation and final inspections on Tahoe RCD BMP plans. If you need assistance with an active or existing BMP evaluation please use the ‘request our service’ form at TahoeRCD.org  to place yourself on our service request list. No internet access? Please leave your property address, mailing address, email address, your name and phone number. We will contact you within 7 days. Thank you for your patience. 

The District’s capacity to provide this cost free BMP incentive program is limited; however, the TRPA has released a new do-it-yourself BMP design tool to enable you to design your own residential retrofit BMPs. Please visit TahoeBMP.org to learn how you can get started. There you will also find the list of contractors who are certified by the TRPA to perform BMP Retrofit Evaluations

If you have immediate questions about TRPA’s BMP retrofit program, please contact the TRPA BMP hotline: (775) 589-5202 or online at TahoeBMP.org.

All Tahoe RCD services are grant funded and are subject to change.

Thank you and have a good day.