Ecological forum should hit all-time high number |

Ecological forum should hit all-time high number

by Andy Bourelle

The California Tahoe Conservancy is expecting more people to attend this year’s Lake Tahoe Ecological Forum than in previous years.

“Definitely attendance has been growing every year,” said Victor Insera, wildlife and stream restoration program assistant for the Conservancy. “We had between 50 and 80 people come last year, and we’ll probably have over a hundred this year. One of the good things about it is people can come and go, staying only for what interests them.”

Hosted by the Conservancy, this will be the fifth annual Lake Tahoe Ecological Forum, where representatives from various agencies will give presentations and talk about issues such as prescribed burning, water quality, wildlife habitat and stream restoration.

Planned for March 12 at the Lake Tahoe Community College, it is a free event for anyone interested in the ecology of Lake Tahoe or research efforts in the Sierra Nevada.

The forum will feature more than 12 speakers, including representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Bear Preservation League, California Department of State Parks, Lake Tahoe Community College, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and University of Nevada, Reno.

The event is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Basin Biological Advisory Group, a coalition of agencies that meet once a month to discuss biological issues at Lake Tahoe. Members include the Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Game, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada Division of Wildlife, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tahoe Research Group from the University of California, Davis.

The Lake Tahoe Ecological Forum is slated March 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College Theater, Lake Tahoe Community College, 1 College Drive. For more information, call Victor Insera, (530) 542-5560, ext. 33.

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