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Tahoe Fund seeks new project ideas for 2019

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A diver grabs a piece of rebar before slipping below the surface to continue installing bottom barriers in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Aug. 15, as part of the fight against aquatic invasice species. Since 2010, the Tahoe Fund has raised funds from private donors for more than 30 environmental improvement projects, including removal of aquatic invasive species.

The Tahoe Fund is actively seeking new project ideas to help solve the challenges facing Lake Tahoe.

The nonprofit is interested in projects that will improve lake clarity, outdoor recreation, forest resilience, transportation and stewardship.

"We are looking for great projects that could use the support of the Tahoe Fund to make sure they get done," said Tahoe Fund Projects Committee Member Cory Ritchie. "We are looking for both early stage and late stage projects that can demonstrate real impact and the ability to leverage an investment by the Tahoe Fund for future funding."

Organizations are invited to submit project ideas by Jan. 31, 2019 at tahoefund.org/challenge. The Tahoe Fund will select the top projects from those submitted for its 2019 Signature and Premier Project Portfolios. Ideal projects will improve Lake Tahoe's clarity, reduce the risk of wildfire, improve transportation and expand outdoor recreation. The Tahoe Fund is also looking for ways to build a greater sense of stewardship in the Tahoe Basin.

Since 2010, the Tahoe Fund has raised funds from private donors for more than 30 environmental improvement projects including new bike paths, watershed restorations, removal of aquatic invasive species and environmental stewardship programs, and is currently raising funds for the Desolation Wilderness Trail restoration in partnership with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. All money donated before Dec. 31, 2018 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $40,000.

Eligible projects must be able to demonstrate that all necessary environmental permits will be obtained, enjoy strong community support, and have other sources of funding identified. Further details can be found at tahoefund.org/challenge.