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Spotlight on the California Tahoe Conservancy

TitleSpotlight on the California Tahoe Conservancy
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-08-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #32 - "California Tahoe Conservancy" (Air Date: September 9, 2003). A profile of the California Tahoe Conservancy and the work it does on the California side in preserving and protecting the lake.
SubjectCalifornia Tahoe Conservancy
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 32 "California Tahoe Conservancy" (Air Date: September 9) ((Anchor Intro)) There are many many agencies, organizations and non-profits in the Tahoe area all working toward the same goal of preserving and protecting the lake. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at the California Tahoe Conservancy and the work they do on the California side of the lake. ((Take PKG)) ((track 1)) If you've done much hiking or exploring around Lake Tahoe, you've probably heard people say or seen signs indicating certain pieces of property as "conservancy" land. But what exactly does that mean? Well, the California Tahoe Conservancy is a state agency. Part of their mission is to purchase sensitive pieces of land. ((Sot @ 21:23 Dennis Machida, California Tahoe Conservancy)) "The types of properties that we acquire are the steeper slopes that if you disturb them they are more prone to erosion. Or we acquire wetlands that are undeveloped like these wetlands and meadows and marshes that we need to maintain our capability to take out sediments and nutrients from the runoff before it enters the lake." ((Track 2)) The CTC also does extensive work rehabilitating previously developed properties. They buy land that's already been developed and return it back to nature. ((standup @ 29:27 Shelly Purdy)) "It's hard to believe looking at it now but this piece of land was once a hodgepodge of businesses and motels covered with buildings and paved parking lots." ((sot @ 19:58)) "The reason why we're acquiring and restoring property is to try to maintain and preserve and restore those pieces of our watershed that are sustaining the values we have here including the clarity of the lake, including the wildlife, including the forests. And we've done a wide range of programs to achieve that." ((Track 3)) To date, the California Tahoe Conservancy has spent more than 170 million dollars on land acquisition and improvement projects. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) Since the California Tahoe Conservancy is a state agency, all the land it buys is public land and you have the right to use it. But Conservancy officials want to remind you that these are sensitive lands. If you do choose to enjoy the properties take care not to disturb the plants and wildlife. For more information about Conservancy land or projects, visit our website at

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