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Tahoe Expo to benefit the lake with sustainable fun

Joyce Swanson
Special to the Sun

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; On Sept.10, embrace Lake Tahoe with family friendly, informative and fun activities that connect you to the area’s magic.

This day-long event is hosted around the lake by organizations responsible for the lake’s current clarity level and watershed health, and includes a kick-off party at Sand Harbor State Park.

The nonprofit group Sustainable Tahoe is inviting the community to showcase a variety of activities that provide visitors with a sense of place and purpose in participating to keep Tahoe pristine. Activities range from wildlife tracking, recreational activities that leave no trace, to a 3-D movie that takes you to the bottom of and#8220;America’s largest alpine lake.and#8221;

The kick-off party for the 2012 Tahoe Expo gives the community a chance to experience a mini-version of a full scale expo that will happen in 2012. This year’s kick-off will feature geotourism activities, entertainment, demonstrations and food and beer at Sand Harbor in the Shakespeare stage area.

Geotourism is a trend in travel that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place and#8212; its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism helps travelers to tread lightly and enjoy a locale’s sense of place.

and#8220;Geotourism offers the Lake Tahoe economy the advantage of increasing the number of visitors to the lake, especially during the slower spring and fall seasons, by focusing on high-touch and low-impact ways to experience local attractions and activities,and#8221; said Jacquie Chandler, executive director of Sustainable Tahoe.

The activities around the lake will be hosted by the organizations working on the specific areas, such as the Rim Trail Foundation, Water Trails, Tahoe BEAR League, Sugar Pine Foundation, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Historical Society, Incline Village General Improvement District Waste Not, Explore Tahoe, University of California, Davis Tahoe Environmental Center, Tahoe Green, Sierra Watershed Education Project and more.

Many of the activities will be accessible via the Tahoe Basin’s public transit system and water taxi, fulfilling another geotourism goal of reducing auto traffic. These provide visitors and locals alike the opportunity to experience the natural amenities in the area while also sustaining them.

The kick-off party will include a Washoe ceremony, Walking Mountain Yoga, demonstrations of stewardship, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding, community groups sponsoring activities, performances and interactive demonstrations.

The and#8220;Shakesbeerand#8221; portion, from 3 to 8 p.m., is a way for adults to enjoy the day with some of their favorite summer refreshments. A panel of and#8220;Tahologists,and#8221; local science and academic experts on Tahoe, will engage the audience around history, culture and clarity.

and#8220;The inherent thing about geotourism is that it’s collaborative and works with locals to determine the best ways to bring visitors to a place,and#8221; Nicole DeJonghe, Sierra Business Council project manager for the Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. and#8220;Historically that hasn’t been the case when it comes to tourism that is exploitative. We’re trying to shift directions with that notion.and#8221;

The MapGuide, created in collaboration with local communities, can be found at http://www.SierraNevadaGeotourism.org. ; Use the map to find local lodging or plan the rest of your trip around the Tahoe Expo.

While admission is free to the activities, a $10 donation is suggested for the stage entertainment at Sand Harbor. For more see http://www.TahoeExpo.com.