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Tahoe trail alliance wins national award

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An alliance building a trail along the east shore of Lake Tahoe was recognized with a national award.

The Nevada Division of State Parks received the Trail Partnership Award for its key role in the Lake Tahoe East Shore Trail Alliance. The Trail Partnership Award is a national honor, recognizing an innovative partnership benefitting agencies or services within the field of trail planning, design, or implementation.

The Lake Tahoe East Shore Trail creates a one-of-a-kind shared-use path along the Nevada Highway 28 corridor showcasing the beauty of Lake Tahoe. This project is a collaboration of the Tahoe East Shore Trail Alliance, which consists of bi-state, multi-county, multi-agency, and nonprofit representatives. In addition to State and Federal funding, the project was made possible by $1 million in private donations from community members through The Tahoe Fund. The majority of the bike path is located on lands managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks. The State of Nevada Conservation Bond Program, administered by the Nevada Division of State Lands, contributed almost $5 million towards the project.

The Lake Tahoe East Shore Trail project takes an integrated approach to improving pedestrian safety, protecting water quality through enhanced stormwater management, and providing one-of-a-kind access to popular recreation destinations along Lake Tahoe’s east shore. The first three miles of the trail are complete, and are part of a larger 11-mile project to construct a premier shared-use path from Incline Village to Spooner Summit. Ultimately, there will be a trail that will circumnavigate the entire Lake Tahoe perimeter; connecting communities, parks, overlooks, beaches, and businesses. The Lake Tahoe East Shore Trail will officially open with a ceremony in June 2019.

“With clear blue waters, long sandy beaches, rocky coves, shady forested areas, and world-class views, Lake Tahoe is a recreational oasis for residents and visitors alike,” said Bradley Crowell, director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “I want to thank our partners and community supporters who helped make the first phase of the Lake Tahoe East Shore Trail project fruition reality, as it will expand recreational opportunities while protecting the lake’s pristine natural environment for generations to come.”