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My Echo Story: Tahoe Fund donors provide support to 4 environmental improvement projects

Amy Berry
CEO

The Tahoe Fund's recent advertising campaign asks, "What runs deeper than Lake Tahoe?" The headline answers, "Our desire to preserve it all." This certainly rings true with the announcement that through the incredible generosity of the Tahoe Fund's donors, four important environmental projects to restore lake clarity and improve recreation access are now possible.

During 2013, the Tahoe Fund worked to raise awareness of funding gaps around four projects, including beach improvements at Sand Harbor State Park, Asian Clam control in Emerald Bay, a mile of bike trail along the West Shore, and a new bridge across Angora Creek in the Washoe Meadows State Park. Donors answered the call, raising more than $130,000 to ensure these four projects will soon be completed.

 "Tahoe's private community of individuals and businesses has once again shown their desire and ability to help improve the Tahoe environment," said Timothy Cashman, Tahoe Fund chairman. "We are so thankful for their generosity and support of these wonderful projects."

 Founded in 2010, the bistate organization has funded high priority watershed restoration projects including the Blackwood Creek/Eagle Rock Trail restoration on the West Shore and the Incline/3rd Creek Restoration on the North Shore; as well as segments of the Tahoe Bikeway in Tahoe City and South Lake Tahoe; the Van-Sickle Bi-State Park in South Lake Tahoe; and the UC Davis "State of the Lake" report. The Tahoe Fund is also a funder of the bi-annual publication of the Tahoe In Depth publication.

The Tahoe Fund owes a great deal of appreciation to Vail Resorts for supporting the Tahoe Fund from its very early roots. Thanks to a dollar donation program at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, guests have the opportunity to donate a dollar to the Tahoe Fund's efforts when they purchase online lift tickets, season passes, accommodations and golf rounds. To date, the dollars have really added up, totally more than $100,000 in donations.

 The Tahoe Fund seeks to match the passion people have for the Tahoe environment with environmental improvement projects that will help restore lake clarity, improve outdoor recreation and inspire greater stewardship in the region. Donations of any amount are welcome.

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 For more information on the Tahoe Fund's 2014 Projects and how you can join in the Tahoe Fund's efforts, visit http://www.tahoefund.org .

Corporate sustainability has always been fundamental for Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resorts and their parent company, Vail Resorts. Through Vail Resorts Echo, our sustainability program, we hope to connect our communities to our efforts – from on the ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where our employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Want to learn more about VR Echo? Go to http://www.vailresortsecho.com .