Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Landscape Conservation Program

What is the 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.

Landscape Conservation

Landscape Conservation Services

Angora Demonstration Garden

Demonstration Gardens

BMP'sBest Management Practices

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
  • Become a Master Gardener

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