The Tahoe Fund is partnering with Nevada State Parks to offer free access to Sand Harbor, Cave Rock and Spooner Lake on July 12 to current owners of Lake Tahoe license plates. Funds generated through the sale of Tahoe license plates support projects that help to preserve and restore the natural environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The nonprofit Tahoe Fund promotes the sale of Tahoe license plates on behalf of the stewards of the plate fees, the Nevada Division of State Lands and the California Tahoe Conservancy.
“We are thankful to the thousands of people who choose to buy and renew their Tahoe license plates,” Jay Howard of Nevada State Parks, said. “Our Lake Tahoe parks benefit greatly from those funds, with beach improvements, watershed restoration work and new hiking trails.”
Nevada State Parks operates four miles of shoreline and four management areas along the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Sand Harbor, the region’s most popular beach, hosts an average 800,000 visitors a year, while more than 1 million people visit Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park in general, according to the Tahoe Fund. The funds from the license plates help state parks and other public agencies maintain the environment of the parks and Lake Tahoe while improving recreational access to the public.
Founded in 2010, the nonprofit Tahoe Fund raises money for projects that will improve lake clarity, enhance recreation and inspire environmental stewardship in the Lake Tahoe Basin. In addition to the Tahoe Beaches app, the group has funded two high-priority watershed restoration projects, the Blackwood Creek/Eagle Rock Trail restoration on the West Shore and the Incline/3rd Creek Restoration on the North Shore; segments of the Tahoe Bikeway in Tahoe City, the West Shore and South Lake Tahoe; environmental and recreational improvements at Sand Harbor State Park, Van-Sickle Bi-State Park and Washoe Meadows State Park; and the UC Davis “State of the Lake” report. The Tahoe Fund seeks donations to help sustain the organization and the natural environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.