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Obama to headline 20th Lake Tahoe Summit

Staff and wire reports

The White House on Monday announced that President Barack Obama will travel to Lake Tahoe on Aug. 31 to speak about his commitment to protecting the environment and addressing climate change.

Obama will headline the 20th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, which this year is hosted by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid.

White House Spokesman Eric Schultz said Obama will talk about how America can ensure that national treasures like Lake Tahoe can be protected for future generations.

Celebrating its 20th year, the annual summit — the first edition of which was attended by then-President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in 1997 — has become an important yearly gathering of federal, state and local leaders dedicated to the goal of restoring and sustaining Lake Tahoe as one of our most precious environmental treasures.

Clinton returned to the summit in 2007 at Incline Village's Sierra Nevada College to mark its 10th anniversary. Gore returned to keynote the 2013 version at Sand Harbor State Park.

At the first summit in 1997, Clinton and Gore unveiled a sweeping plan to protect Lake Tahoe and the basin. It included efforts to restore the lake's steadily declining water clarity, and to reduce the risk of fire by thinning forests of dangerous fuels such as shrubs and dead trees.

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This year's summit, taking place at Harveys Outdoor Arena in Stateline, is being coordinated by the nonprofit Tahoe Fund and will also feature a concert by rock band The Killers.

Doors open for the Aug. 31 summit at noon, with the program beginning at 2 p.m. According to Ticketmaster, The Killers concert also is scheduled for 2 p.m.

A full lineup of summit speakers — in previews years, California and Nevada Govs. Jerry Brown and Brian Sandoval have attended, as well as U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Dean Heller (NV), among others — is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

For any questions related to registration for the summit, email TahoeSummit@reid.senate.gov.

If you are interested in sponsoring the summit, email the Tahoe Fund's Amy Berry at aberry@tahoefund.org.