Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Landscape Conservation Program

Landscape Conservation combines landscape management practices with actions that preserve and protect our natural resources. Choosing these management practices will enhance the look and functionality of your property while not creating a burden on our environment. Landscapes that integrate these practices are typically more cost efficient and require less maintenance and long term external inputs.

Drought conditions in the Sierras have greatly increased the need to conserve water and protect our communities from the threat of wildfire.



What You Can Do

Implement Landscape Conservation practices to help protect  Lake Tahoe in your own backyard.

  • Design and maintain your property to manage stormwater
    and reduce soil erosion
  • Utilize BMP design tools at TahoeBMP.org 
  • Create and/or expand stream or shoreline buffer areas to
    reduce the amount of pollution leaving your property
  • Use native and adapted plants
  • Limit lawn size to functional use areas such as defensible space buffers
  • Use lawn fertilizer with care

  • Improve soil conditions with organic amendments and through the use of organic mulch
  • Update and maintain your lawn irrigation system to limit water
    waste and nutrient rich runoff
  • Landscape for wildfire protection by implementing
    a defensible space plan
  • Control and eradicate invasive weeds
  • Properly dispose hazardous and solid wastes


 Please see our online resources page for a variety of tip sheets and materials to help you implement  landscape conservation practices on your property. 


Requesting Tahoe RCD Services

The Landscape Conservation Program has received additional funding to provide a limited amount of Landscape Conservation assistance for the Summer of 2016.  Please fill out an online Service Request Form to indicate which service you are requesting.  Sign up now to place yourself on the waitlist for services this summer.  Act fast, as the waitlist will fill up quickly!  Please note however, that signing up does not confirm your spot on the waitlist, and only an email or phone confirmation does.   

Unfortunately, the Tahoe RCD is no longer designing BMP plans or assisting in final evaluations.

Please visit the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Stormwater Program website TahoeBMP.org  Or call their hotline at 775-589-5202 for BMP resource information. You can now get small BMP retrofit plans approved electronically!! Homeowners, contractors, and consultants can submit plans for small BMP retrofit proposals that disturb less than 7 cubic yards and get an approval online http://tahoebmp.org/SmallBMPRetro.aspx

If you have a past BMP evaluation that was done by the Tahoe RCD and would like a copy of your evaluation please contact info@tahoercd.org with the subject line “BMP evaluation copy” or call us at 530-543-1501 ext.113

All our services are grant funded and subject to change.

Thank you! 


Types of Landscape Conservation assistance:

  • Irrigation efficiency consultation
  • Fertilizer management guidance
  • Plant selection and establishment
  • Invasive species identification and management
  • Sustainable turf management and turf conversion
  • Defensible space considerations and practices

  • Invasive weed resourcesClick here
  • Demonstration GardensClick here
  • Soil restoration guidance
  • Erosion control solutions
  • Lakeshore and stream zone landscape buffer enhancement

Please fill out our online Service Request Form and indicate which services you are requesting

Go to Online Service Request Form


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 at Tahoe RCD!

For additional Conservation Landscaping resources, contact the UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe; http://cecentralsierra.ucanr.edu/Master_Gardeners/LTMG/.

All our services are grant funded and subject to change.

Thank you!