September 1, 2015 – Sierra Business Council has been chosen as a recipient of a Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) grant from the 2015 Nature Grant Cycle in the amount of $7,500 to support the planning process for educational Lake Tahoe Water Trail Wayfinding Trailhead Signage to help paddlers have a safe and fun adventure, and to protect natural resources.
The TTCF Nature Grant provides much needed funds to allow the Sierra Business Council to work with lake-wide public access land managers and recreation providers to discuss the process for development and installation of coordinated educational Signage at primary public launch locations commencing with the 2016 season.
The recent explosion of paddle sports at Lake Tahoe has increased the need for educating the public. Combining stewardship with recreation, Lake Tahoe Water Trail Signage will provide useful water safety and resource conservation tips, and navigable paddle routes and distances to locate public beach access to shoreline businesses, nearby hiking trails, historic sites, lodging and campgrounds. Signage will assist recreation providers to reach and communicate with the escalating human-powered population concerning safety, regulatory restrictions, and stewardship to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and the protection of endangered Tahoe Yellow Cress.
Sierra Business Council was awarded a $50,000 grant from the California Tahoe Conservancy in February 2015 to manage the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. Sierra Business Council has developed a business model and communications strategy to expand the Water Trail concept into a market-driven, educational trailhead and wayfinding system, sustained by businesses and individuals that support stewardship of the Lake Tahoe watershed.
The TTCF Nature Grant Cycle provides more than $120,000 to community nonprofits working on environmental issues and environmental education programs in the region. Nature Grants support organizations that conserve wildlife, land, water and air quality in the Truckee, North Tahoe and Donner Summit regions while enhancing opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors. For more information about the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, please visit www.ttcf.net
Established in 1996, the Sierra Business Council fosters thriving communities in the Sierra Nevada region through “on the ground” local projects that promote, develop and amplify the area’s social, environmental and economic capital. For more information about Sierra Business Council, please visit sierrabusiness.org.