In a message today from Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, the community commitment of the ski area was again up front, in a big way.
"Both The Tahoe Fund and the Truckee River Watershed Council are solid, fiscally responsible, not-for-profit groups, distinguished by their focus on and success with projects that improve the clarity of Lake Tahoe, restore riparian habitat, help prevent the proliferation of invasive weeds, build bike paths and much much more. These two organizations recently received a $75,000 donation, comprised of direct contributions from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, along with Green Bucks donations from key businesses in our great community of Olympic Valley, including PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn and Squaw Valley Lodge."
The Tahoe Fund is dedicated to taking care of the incredible natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin. They do so by continually building broad community support along with funding for projects and programs that will restore and sustain the Lake for all, now and in the future.
It's not an easy task, as there are always development pressures on this extraordinary area. It is fragile and making sure that it is taken care of is an extremely important effort.
The Truckee River Watershed Council is focused on the Truckee River. Back in 1991 it was so degraded that the U.S. EPA "...designated the Truckee River as impaired and required a watershed-wide plan to address the problems."
Since 1996, when the Council was founded, over 80 small scale restoration projects have been completed. They recently launched large scale restoration projects, assessments of watershed areas, and prevention projects. 40 more projects are planned.
The efforts are bolstered by the 300+ volunteers who give their time to make all that happen. The Truckee, as a result, is in far better shape today.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows continue to put time, effort and money into protecting one of the most beautiful spots on this planet. Andy Wirth continues to be at the forefront of that effort.