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Give Back Tahoe: Sierra State Parks Foundation works to educate and preserve

Heidi Doyle
Special to the Sun

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is a major supporter of the new Donner Visitor Center which opened in June 2015.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Our Lake Tahoe-Truckee California State Parks are amazing community assets that need our help. The Sierra State Parks Foundation (SSPF) is dedicated to providing critically needed funds and professional support to the eight California State Parks in our region for education, interpretation, restoration and cultural and environmental preservation. We work to fill the gap left behind after the public funding of our parklands.

SSPF supports the following California State Parks: Washoe Meadows, Emerald Bay, DL Bliss, Sugar Pine Point, Tahoe State Recreation Area, Burton Creek, Kings Beach State Recreation Area and Donner Memorial State Park.

Together, we are making a difference. In 2015, SSPF contributed towards the betterment of our beloved parks. The short list includes:

1. Provided funding to enable the opening of the new Donner Visitor Center.

2. Successfully operate the visitor centers and tour operations at Vikingsholm (Emerald Bay) and the Hellman-Ehrman Estate (Sugar Pine Point) providing over 27,000 tours in 2015.

3. Completed the restoration of the sod roof at Vikingsholm.

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4. Completed the electrical system safety upgrade at Vikingsholm

5. Operates the grooming program of the Olympic XC Trails at Sugar Pine Point that is available free to the public.

6. Commissioned reports and supported the permits required to complete many restoration projects of historic significance to our region.

7. Fund positions and support volunteer programs that provide school group programs, campfire talks, nature walks and special events like Living History Day at Sugar Pine Point SP.

8. Our list is long and we are excited about our 2016 projects.

We are YOUR LOCAL advocates for California State Parks. Join is in the cause: volunteer, donate, advocate. Learn more at http://www.SierraStateParks.org and follow us on Facebook!

Heidi Doyle is the Executive Director of the Sierra State Parks Foundation. She may be reached at 530-583-9911.