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Public Opinion Research Helps Chart 20-Year Vision for Tahoe

TitlePublic Opinion Research Helps Chart 20-Year Vision for Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-03-07
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #110 - "Public Opinion Research Helps Chart 20-Year Vision for Tahoe" (Air Date: 3/29/2005). Julie Regan from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discusses the role of surveys in the the Pathway 2007 process.
SubjectRegional planning -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.) -- Planning
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A110: Public Opinion Survey Results Air Date: 3/29/05 Suggested tease (none on tape): The TRPA recently surveyed 25-hundred people about what they believe should be the top priorities at Lake Tahoe. Shelly Purdy will have some of the surprising results coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report. Anchor Intro: The various management agencies at Lake Tahoe are currently in the process of writing a resource management plan that will determine future development, conservation efforts and regulations at Tahoe for the next 20 years. These agencies recently surveyed 25-hundred people to see what their priorities are. Shelly Purdy takes a look at their answers in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((Track 1)) When you ask people what they love about Lake Tahoe, the answers are usually the same. They love the crystal blue water, the clean air, healthy forests and abundant recreational opportunities. And when you ask them what they believe the top priority should be in protecting Lake Tahoe…that's an easy one too. People want to see that crystal water, fresh air and abundant forest protected. But, when you ask them what they believe the biggest threat to it all is…that's a bit of a surprise. ((sot @ 13:33 Julie Regan, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "First and foremost of concern for people was the idea of the threat of catastrophic wildfire. And certainly, we recognize no matter how much good we've done for Lake Tahoe over the last 10-15 years, it could all be wiped-out in the event of a catastrophic fire." ((track 2)) With so many devastating wildfires affecting the West in recent years, the threat to Lake Tahoe is a very real one. The fact that all the efforts currently underway to protect and preserve Lake Tahoe could be wiped-out in a single catastrophic event is not lost on the public. And it's something local agencies here are taking very seriously. ((sot @ 15:57)) "We want the community to be aware that we heard them loud and clear and that we're really taking action to make sure they have a voice." ((track 3)) Local agencies are in the process of writing Pathway 2007…a resource management plan that will guide the way Lake Tahoe is managed over the next 20 years. Pathway 2007 will deal with fire protection and a number of other issues at Lake Tahoe including another surprising issue that came up in the survey. ((sot @ 14:49)) "People said in San Francisco, for example, when I leave the city I want to go to Tahoe and I want to see the Big Dipper. I can't see it out of my backyard in San Francisco." ((track 4)) So, protecting the night sky will now be a part of Pathway 2007. Without the survey, the agencies involved in this process would never have known light pollution is an important issue to the public. It's good to see they're taking note of what the people really want. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: There is still time to have your voice be heard. If you have a comment or suggestion to make about how you think Lake Tahoe should be managed over the next two decades, visit our website and look for the link to Pathway 2007.

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