Don’t forget about the environment |

Don’t forget about the environment

Dr. Fred Ilfeld
Chair of Board of Trustees, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation

We are blessed in our north Tahoe-Truckee region with the beauty of the land that draws us here. We get such joy from our own backyard– our mountains, our rivers, our forests and their wildlife, the uniqueness of Lakes Tahoe and Donner, our abundantly white winters and glorious summers, and all the varied recreation opportunities that these provide us.

Intuitively we know this joy, but also we have measured it empirically. A community assessment by the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation in 2001 gathered systematic input from over 400 primary and secondary residents of our region. To no one’s surprise, of the “Things Most Valued About the Region” the three top were:

1) Quality of Life,

2) Beauty of the Area, and

3) Recreational Opportunities.

But our being blessed is not sufficient. The beauty of our backyard is fragile, not immutable. Nature’s ferocity of fire can instantly lay waste to so much. Man’s activities, including economic pressures to develop and grow, have potential to alter the land, degrade our rivers and lakes, restrict our access, and drive away or deplete our wildlife.

Our blessings flourish only with humans’ help. We are the care-takers of this lovely setting, and unless we are vigilant and active we will lose this enchanting place that lured us here. To conserve this wonderful heritage we must be advocates of the environment and supporters of those organizations that protect it.

With all the above in mind, the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation (TTCF) makes a special commitment to support the programs of local non-profits that focus on the environment ” through funding quality projects both from our general endowment fund as well as through the separately endowed Nature Fund.

The Nature Fund has as its specific mission the “conservation of the wildlife, lands, waters, and air quality of the Truckee, north Tahoe, and Donner Summit regions while creating opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors.”

You can join our efforts now in several ways. One option is by contributing to Gifts for Good. Go to and click on the link “gifts for good,” stipulating the monies go for environmental projects.

Another is by contributing to the Nature Fund endowment. Go to and click on the links “our donor community” and then “giving to the environment”. Please join our efforts now to protect and enhance our own backyard.

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