Governors announce fire commission members
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons announced the members of the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission on Friday.
Over the next eight months, the commission will comprehensively review laws concerning the vulnerability of the basin to wildfire.
“It is crucial that we all work together to prevent something like the Angora fire from happening again,” said Schwarzenegger in a press statement. “That is why we are directing this commission to examine all federal, state and regional rules and regulations to make sure people have the right fire- protection tools to protect their property.”
“The Lake Tahoe Basin and the forest resources must be managed by proven forestry practices based on sound science,” said Gibbons in a press release. “I look forward to the commission’s review of the policies that currently govern forest management in the Tahoe Basin.”
The commission will submit the report and recommendations to the governors by March 21, 2008.
California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission members
California voting members:
Kate Dargan, California State Fire Marshall (co-chair)
Ruben Grijalva, director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Cindy Tuck, undersecretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Patrick Wright, executive director, California Tahoe Conservancy
Jeff Michael, chief, Lake Valley Fire Protection District
John Pickett, coordinator, Nevada Fire Safe Council Tahoe Basin
Ron McIntyre, member, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Board of Directors
John Upton, Angora fire victim
California non-voting members:
Julie Motamedi, chair, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Amy Horne, chair, Regional Water Quality Control Board
Nevada voting members:
Sig Rogich, former U.S. Ambassador and government affairs specialist (co-chair)
James Wright, chief, Nevada Fire Marshal
Pete Anderson, Nevada Division of Forestry
Michael Brown, chief, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District/Nevada Fire Safe Council
Jim Santini, former Nevada congressman
John Koster, president, Northern Nevada Region of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Bud Hicks, president, Glenbrook Homeowners Association
Bob Davidson, Lake Tahoe Basin homeowner
Nevada non-voting members:
Allen Biaggi, director, Nevada Division of Conservation and Natural Resources/member, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board
Leo Drozdoff, administrator, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection