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Enjoy the Back Country and Take Care of It!

TitleEnjoy the Back Country and Take Care of It!
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-04-21
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #19 - "Recreation Impacts and Trail Use" (Air Date: June 10, 2003). A look at the Tahoe Rim Trail, including tips from representatives from the Tahoe Rim Trail Association about good trail etiquette and maintenance practices.
SubjectTahoe Rim Trail (Calif. and Nev.)
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 Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 19 - Recreation Impacts and Trail Use? Air Date: June 10 ((Anchor/Intro)) The first day of summer is just a couple of weeks away, and that means hiking season is kicking into gear. Those of us living here in the Truckee Meadows are lucky, we have one of the world's premiere hiking trails right in our backyard. In tonight?s Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes us for a ride on the Tahoe Rim Trail. ((TAKE PKG)) ((nats hiking)) ((Track 1)) The Tahoe Rim Trail is a 165 mile hiking, biking and equestrian trail that follows the ridgetops around Lake Tahoe. The trail took 20 years to build and has now become a world class destination in its own right. ((sot tahoe rim trail tape @ :56 - Shannon Raborn, Tahoe Rim Trail Association)) "The economy here at Lake Tahoe is tourism based and recreation is a huge component of that tourism industry here?.(tighten up sot)?and that includes the hiking trails, the mountain bike industry and all the support that the businesses in the area put into that." ((Track 2)) And possibly the best part of the Tahoe Rim Trail is that it's free. The trail takes you to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and you don't have to pay a dime to see it. ((sot tahoe rim trail tape @ 15:52 - Mark Kimbrough, Tahoe Rim Trail Association)) "People want a good experience when they come here and recreation is really high on the list. Gaming's here and there's other things people can do, but recreation is the number one why they come here. You have winter and summer sports and the Tahoe Rim Trail fits in nicely." ((Track 3)) But the Tahoe Rim Trail can only stay a premiere recreation destination if it?s taken care of. So, whether you're hiking, mountain biking, riding horses or just sightseeing out on the trail, remember to use good trail etiquette. Pack out what you bring in. Yield to other users, and above all, stay on the trail. Cutting switchbacks causes erosion and destroys the beauty of what you're out here to see. With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor/Tag)) If you would like more information about the Tahoe Rim Trail or to find maps and directions to trailheads, visit our website at

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