Stewardship Day to aid lake and community |

Stewardship Day to aid lake and community

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to primp and prime Lake Tahoe’s forests Sunday in what has been called the area’s most popular grass-roots event.

Stewardship Day, hosted by the environmental watchdog group the League to Save Lake Tahoe, aims to help Tahoe’s forests while raising awareness of environmental issues plaguing the basin.

“This is our largest grass-roots volunteer effort,” said Rich Kentz, the League’s project coordinator. “This year, we’re expecting about 300 people so it may even be the largest event in the Lake Tahoe Basin.”

Volunteers will work three South Shore projects and have an opportunity to discuss forest ecology, fire management and watershed restoration with experts form the U.S. Forest Service, the Washoe Tribe and University of California Cooperative Extension.

“The term that most people use is experiential education,” Kentz added. “There’s really a need for this – people don’t want to sit back and watch these projects get implemented. They want to get involved.”

Tom Ameika, a three-year veteran of Stewardship Day, said the event gives him the satisfaction of giving back to the community.

“I can’t help feeling that I want to participate and help out,” the East Shore resident said. “There’s usually 200-plus volunteers and it’s amazing how much we get done.”

This year, the League has planned three projects: a bridge-building effort near the end of Columbine Trail, forest thinning near Elks Club Road and Pioneer Trail and planting seedlings along impacted areas of Trout Creek.

“We’re trying to undo some of the real obvious mistakes that have been made over the years,” Ameika said. “Eighty years ago, people didn’t know that the things they were doing were bad.”

The event closes with an afternoon barbecue.

Volunteers for the three jobs will meet at the end of Columbine Trail in South Lake Tahoe. Call Kentz at (53) 584-1660 to sign up or show up at the end of Columbine Trail Sunday morning to participate.

The nonprofit League to Save Lake Tahoe, formed in 1957, is the lake’s oldest environmental advocate. Its mission is to preserve “the environmental balance, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the Lake Tahoe Basin.”

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What: League to Save Lake Tahoe Stewardship Day

When: Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: At the end of the pavement on Columbine Trail. Take Pioneer Trail to Sierra House School. Turn south on Marshall Trail into the Montgomery Estates neighborhood. Turn right on Columbine Trail and drive to the end of the cul-de-sac.

What to bring:

n Water bottles

n Work gloves

n Sack lunch

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