Media receives eagle-eye view of Lake Tahoe |

Media receives eagle-eye view of Lake Tahoe

Patrick McCartney

With the Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum just days away, a convoy of Army National Guard helicopters flew television and print journalists on an aerial tour of Lake Tahoe Sunday.

Leading the tour was U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who invited President Clinton to visit Lake Tahoe last summer to observe firsthand the basin’s threatened environment.

“This is the best way for people to see what we will be talking about,” Reid said before stepping into a National Guard medi-vac helicopter. “From the air, you can see the dead trees, the traffic congestion and how clear the lake is.”

What was first proposed as a summer vacation evolved into a full-fledged summit on Lake Tahoe’s fragile environment, with Vice President Gore presiding over a work session Friday before Clinton arrives Saturday to conclude the summit with a policy address.

In preparation for the Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum, a steering committee of basin officials conducted two community forums to solicit opinions on the state of the Tahoe Basin environment and proposed remedies.

Over the last month, four members of the Clinton Cabinet conducted fact-finding workshops. The Cabinet officers will marshal the results of the workshops and report to the vice president Friday, who in turn will report to the president the following day.

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