California Tahoe Conservancy seeks public comment on improving accessibility at recreation sites |

California Tahoe Conservancy seeks public comment on improving accessibility at recreation sites

The California Tahoe Conservancy is accepting public comment on a draft plan to improve access for people with disabilities.

The plan applies to five conservancy-owned recreation sites.

“Recreation and public access have always been a core priority for the conservancy,” Board Chair Brooke Laine said in a press release. “We’re anxious to explore how we can improve access for all who wish to enjoy all of Lake Tahoe’s natural wonders.”

The conservancy announced at its December board meeting an invitation for public review of a “Draft Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.”

The document accesses improvements at its five most-developed recreation sites: Carnelian West/Gar Woods, Carnelian East/Patton Landing, Kings Beach Plaza, North Tahoe Beach, and the California side of Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

The draft plan is available for review on the conservancy’s website and at its offices at the address below. Members of the public may submit comments by Jan. 28 to or by mail to:

Nick Meyer, ADA Coordinator

California Tahoe Conservancy

1061 3rd Street

South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

At the same meeting, the board adopted a new five-year strategic plan. Conservancy board and staff, partner agencies and organizations, stakeholders, and members of the public contributed to the plan’s development. Under the new plan, the conservancy will:

Put management of its nearly 4,700 properties, which total more than 6,500 acres, at the center of its work,

Increase the Lake Tahoe Basin’s resilience to climate change impacts,

Use large-scale initiatives — such as the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership and the Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative — to address such large-scale threats as climate change and catastrophic wildfire,

Fulfill the vision provided by Proposition 68 of ensuring the Conservancy’s recreation opportunities are welcoming and accessible for California’s diverse communities, and

Align the conservancy’s workforce and partnerships with the new strategic plan.

The Board also authorized spending up to $484,250 to implement three high-priority projects to reduce fire risk and improve forest health: one on the California side of Van Sickle Bi-State Park, a second in the Montgomery Estates neighborhood in El Dorado County, and a third in Tahoma in Placer County. Funding for the projects comes from a 2016 Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act Round 16 Hazardous Fuels and Wildfire Prevention grant by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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