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How to save plan pondered

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Tahoe yellow cress is a small and delicate plant that only grows one place in the world: the sandy shores of Lake Tahoe.

Thirteen agencies at Lake Tahoe Basin have joined forces and created a conservation strategy to protect the rare plant.

A public meeting at South Lake Tahoe this week will explain the strategy and provide an opportunity for residents to offer suggestions on how to protect the plant while allowing use of areas where it grows.

Yellow cress was first studied in 1941. It grows well near the mouths of rivers and creeks. The plant’s highest concentration at the lake is in South Lake Tahoe at Barton Meadows, an area managed by the California Tahoe Conservancy.

Between 1993 to 2000, locations where the plants were found have decreased from 32 to 14, according to surveys. The yellow cress’ struggle to survive intensifies when the water level of Lake Tahoe is high. During a drought period, the lake lowers and it spreads more easily, according to Jerry Dion, vegetation program manager at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

For more information, go to http://www.trpa.org/tyc/tycintro.htm or call the TRPA at (775) 588-4547, ext. 229.

Public meeting about Tahoe yellow cress

Thursday at South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library

2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.


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