Conservancy proposal to highlight conference |

Conservancy proposal to highlight conference

Gregory Crofton

Tahoe already has one, but the entire Sierra Nevada needs one, says Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, who is coming to South Lake Tahoe on Saturday to deliver that message.

Laird is author of Assembly Bill 2600, which is working its way through the Legislature and would create a Sierra Nevada conservancy to provide public money for conservation and restoration projects along the 400-mile mountain chain.

The assemblyman’s appearance is part of a three-day conference at South Tahoe High School organized by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, an organization established in 1993 to promote community efforts to restore and protect its natural resources.

The conference is open to the public. It begins Friday night with a discussion of watersheds in the California Alps. The public can attend Friday night’s session for free, but admission to Saturday and Sunday presentations cost $95 a day or $160 for non-alliance members who want to attend both days of the conference.

More than 140 people have registered to attend the weekend event, said Joan Clayburgh, a South Shore resident who is executive director of the alliance.

“I feel like it’s long overdue,” said Clayburgh, regarding the possibility of creating a Sierra Nevada conservancy, which would become the state’s ninth conservancy. The California Tahoe Conservancy, which funds projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin, was established in 1984.

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“I think there is a very good chance we’ll see that it passes and it is signed into law,” Clayburgh said. “It’s so favorable for the region. The California Tahoe Conservancy has gotten of lot of good work done, we’d like to see it’s done for the rest of the region.”

Clayburgh said this weekend will mark the third time the alliance has hosted its annual conference in the basin. It will be located mainly in the high school library with some workshops to meet in classrooms.

For more information about the conference, go to or call (530) 542-4546.