How to Build a Sustainable Recreation Economy in Alpine County at August meeting.

We live in a beautiful forested mountain community, but with a few exceptions we don’t take full advantage of it.  Recreation, in particular muscle-powered recreation, can be the basis of a vibrant economy.  This month we are lucky to have a number of experts to share their experiences elsewhere and give us ideas of what we could achieve here in Alpine County.

Joe Flower, a Presidential Management Fellow, detailed to the USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Devin Middlebrook, Sustainability Program Coordinator for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will be presenting on the collaborative sustainable recreation planning process in the Lake Tahoe Basin.  Joe and Devin will share why they’re pursuing a sustainable recreation plan for the Basin and how Alpine County might consider looking at its recreation assets and experiences.

Jonathan Cook-Fisher, National Recreation Special Uses Program Manager at the Washington DC office of the USFS Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Services program will be presenting on national policy and legislation related to outdoor recreation planning and permitting within the USFS.  He will share insights on the programs he’s developing that may improve processes for improving recreation experiences on USFS public lands.

Dan Morris of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be talking about what the Humboldt-Toiyabe is doing to promote recreation in the Humboldt-Toiyabe.

Lastly, but not least, Danna Stroud of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy will by presenting recently released recreation and tourism economy data.  Also, many thanks to Danna for organizing this month’s presentations.

This will be our last meeting sponsored by the National Forest Foundation.  Although we didn’t spend all the money we did run into an immovable deadline.  A couple of individuals have stepped forward and have agreed to continue to fund us for the foreseeable future.  To celebrate there will be a light supper available at the meeting, and it will include some sinful deserts as well as an healthy alternative.  The celebration is not that the National Forest Foundation grant is expiring, but that there are individuals that believe enough in what the ABC is doing to support it financially.  We hope you can come.

The September meeting is scheduled for Tuesday September 5th at 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park.

The Alpine Biomass Committee is supported by a grant from the National Forest Foundation with funds coming from Region 5 of the U.S. Forest Service.  This organization isis an equal opportunity provider.

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