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Tahoe Chief’s Corner: What does the future hold for Tahoe?

Ryan Sommers
Chief’s Corner

The 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's in Stateline, hosted by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Since the Presidential Forum in 1997, this annual gathering brings federal, state and local leaders together to discuss important topics such as restoration and sustainability of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

President Barack Obama will be the second president to visit the summit, the first being then-President Bill Clinton at the inaugural event in 1997.

Senator Reid said Obama's planned visit to Tahoe is historic, calling the president's record on addressing climate change "unmatched."

"In his visit to Lake Tahoe he will see a lake that, since the first summit in 1997, has made incredible strides in restoring its health and famed clarity of its waters — but there is much more we can do," Reid said.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said "President Obama has made these issues a priority for his administration, and looks forward to discussing how we can continue to work towards a solution and ensure that natural treasures like Lake Tahoe can be protected for future generations."

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Agencies composed of fire districts, landowner agencies, conservation districts, TRPA and others will all be in attendance to learn about what the future vision holds for resources that are earmarked for restorative and sustainability efforts at the Lake Tahoe Basin.

It's an ongoing effort that needs constant evaluation, strategy and planning. These efforts are what truly keep Lake Tahoe a national treasure.

"Chief's Corner" is a regular feature from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Interim Chief Ryan Sommers and other regional fire chiefs, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.