Environment & Science

Nevada, California leaders meet for 19th Lake Tahoe Summit

The Lake Tahoe Summit has been held every year since 1997, when President Bill Clinton ordered federal agencies to formally coordinate to protect the lake.
The Lake Tahoe Summit has been held every year since 1997, when President Bill Clinton ordered federal agencies to formally coordinate to protect the lake.
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Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is hosting a two-state summit on environmental issues surrounding Lake Tahoe.

The 19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Monday features California Gov. Jerry Brown and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as well as Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei and Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is not attending because he's meeting with President Barack Obama in Las Vegas, where the two are expected to discuss a potential endangered species listing of the sage grouse.

"While another critical issue has caused me to miss the Lake Tahoe Summit for the first time as governor, my commitment to preserving this national treasure and my partnership with the Tahoe congressional delegation and Gov. Brown could not be stronger," Sandoval said in a statement.

The summit theme is Connecting Lake Tahoe's Environment and Economy Through Innovation and Transportation.

Agenda topics include a plan to curb wildfires and keep invasive species out of the lake. Tom Lotshaw of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency said the Tahoe Fuels and Fires Team, which includes 40 fire and governmental agencies, will introduce an updated wildfire protection plan.

The plan includes restoring fire-resistant landscapes like the Seneca Pond project, continuing selective thinning of the forests, and implementing new methods of fire detection.

"It lays out what we are going to do, and what are the highest priorities to reduce fire risks," Lotshaw told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The summit has been held every year since 1997, when President Bill Clinton ordered federal agencies to formally coordinate to protect the lake.