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Environmental leader gets lifetime honors

Gregory Crofton
Provided to the Tribune Trish Ronald has dedicated herself to improving Lake Tahoe's environment. She was recently awarded with the Dwight Steele Tahoe Environmental Steward Award.

For more than 20 years, Trish Ronald dedicated herself to improving Lake Tahoe’s environment.

The Tahoe-Baikal Institute and the League to Save Lake Tahoe recently honored her with the Dwight Steele Tahoe Environmental Steward Award.

“Trish has been a key supporter of the League, and instrumental in our most important environmental initiatives over the last 15 years,” said Rochelle Nason, executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe. “Her ability to work with Tahoe’s diverse interests and find solutions to difficult issues makes her a valuable asset to the Tahoe policy-making community.”

Ronald, who splits her time between a home near Cascade Lake and one at San Mateo, helped develop Tahoe-Baikal’s summer environmental exchange program. It began in 1991 and allows about 15 students to spend five weeks at Lake Tahoe and five weeks in Russia at Lake Baikal.

Ronald also helped initiate the Tahoe Transportation Coalition, which led to the 1997 Presidential Summit and the Environmental Improvement Program, an injection of $900 million to fund restoration projects.

Ronald received an award given each year in honor of Dwight Steele, a steadfast defender of the environment at Tahoe, who died in 2002.

Steele served on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board from 1978 to 1983 and the board of League to Save Lake Tahoe from 1967 to 2002.

Steele was a founder of Tahoe-Baikal Institute. He also worked hard to protect the San Francisco Bay.

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