University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE)

The Living With Fire program began in 1997, when Ed Smith and Paul Tueller of University of Nevada, Reno and Fire Chief Loren Enstaad of the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators applied for and received a Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station / Nevada Cooperative Extension Joint Program grant. Together with firefighting organizations from the Lake Tahoe Basin, they developed a set of consistent wildfire threat reduction recommendations. Following the devastating Angora Fire and the resulting findings of the 2008 California-Nevada Lake Tahoe Fire Commission Report, the recommendations were reviewed and updated. Today, Living With Fire in the Lake Tahoe Basin is a collaborative effort involving and supported by many organizations including the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team.

Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD)

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s mission is to promote the conservation, stewardship, and knowledge of the Lake Tahoe Region’s natural resources by providing leadership and innovative environmental services to all stakeholders. Tahoe RCD is a division of local government that is non-regulatory, designed to implement local conservation measures. We strive to protect our natural resources including soil and water, wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration, control and prevention of invasive species, watershed restoration, wildfire prevention, and environmental education. As a member of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, Tahoe RCD works with the Living With Fire program, local fire districts, public land management agencies, and communities to coordinate, provide resources, and facilitate the Tahoe Network of Fire Adapted Communities.

Our Team

Tahoe Fire & Fuels Team (TFFT) was formed in 2008 to implement the Lake Tahoe Basin Multi-Jurisdictional Fuel Reduction and Wildfire Prevention Strategy. Members are a group of dedicated professionals committed to protecting life, property and the environment at Lake Tahoe through proper management of the forests to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire, thereby protecting communities, while safeguarding the exceptional natural resources of Lake Tahoe. The TFFT is overseen by a Multi-Agency Coordinating Group which includes the seven Lake Tahoe Basin fire chiefs and nine local agency executives. Visit the Partner Library to access TFFT plans and documents.

Our Partners