Nevada Tahoe Conservation District to hold board elections
Lake Tahoe is a national treasure protected by multiple agencies including the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, whose mission is to promote the conservation and improvement of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s natural resources by providing leadership, education, and technical assistance to all basin users.
The district is one of approximately 3,000 conservation districts functioning in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Conservation districts are sub-divisions of state government and are unique locally-led conservation agencies. Districts provide resource management and technical assistance to land occupiers (owners, renters, and producers) as well as work cooperatively with federal, state, and local governments in the delivery of conservation programs.
The district encompasses all of the land in the Lake Tahoe Basin residing in the State of Nevada including portions of Douglas and Washoe counties and the Carson City rural area.
The district is guided by a Board of Supervisors made up of elected and appointed community leaders. The board of supervisors provides direction to the district’s full time staff in carrying out the district’s mission statement, vision and guiding principals. They will be holding the bi-annual elections on Nov. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Zephyr Cove Resort. There are two vacancies with terms to be served from January 2007 to December 2010. Any member of the public registered to vote and living within the District’s boundaries is eligible to vote, nominate candidates and run for office.
“I’ve spent much of my adult life and some years before that working on environmental conservation and preservation issues,” said Barbara Perlman-Whyman, a board member. “I have great respect for the district in the two years I’ve served on the board. It’s been very rewarding.”
“Our vision is to be a conservation organization with enough funds to meet conservation efforts and create a harmony between residents and visitors and the beauty and natural needs of the lake,” she said. “There is a need to effectively implement comprehensive and sustainable resource management.”
“I’m proud of the staff we have, I think they make an important contribution,” she said. “I think we should be proud of the work that’s done by the conservation district, and I’m proud to be on that board.”
The conservation district is looking for dedicated community members from Washoe and Douglas counties and the Carson City rural area to serve on their board of supervisors.
“We are a non-regulatory technical support and advice State agency that partners with other groups in the basin to control erosion and reduce sediment going into Lake Tahoe,” Doug Martin, NTCD district manager said. “A board member will know and understand our mission, our goals and objectives – they will be ready and willing to work with staff to implement these things.”
“The world is run by those who show up. By being a participant, you can make decisions on how to keep Lake Tahoe in the condition that future generations can still enjoy,” said Chris Freeman, a Carson City NTCD supervisor and president of the Nevada Association of Conservation Districts.
Dan St. John, who has been a supervisor for the conservation district since 1990, is one of those who shows up. He said that his reason for working with the NTCD is two-fold: “One is my responsibility to Incline Village/Crystal Bay. As director of Public Works at IVGID, I am responsible for the management of our lands – my involvement is furthered by (my participation in) NTCD.”
“The second is my personal commitment to the environment and to resource conservation,” St. John said. “I am committed to (the conservation of) water, forest and other natural resources for the benefit of the environment and for communities that exist within that environment.”