Conference to feature ‘science as a tool’

3/17/2008 - By: John Trent

Scientists and managers at Lake Tahoe will gather for a three-day conference to discuss the latest relevant scientific information and results from a multitude of studies being conducted at Tahoe.

The fourth biennial Tahoe Basin Science Conference, “Science as a Tool in Lake Tahoe Basin,” will be held March 17-19 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the campus of Sierra Nevada College at Incline Village.

“One of the biggest challenges in the effort to save Lake Tahoe is to get managers and scientists in the same room,” said Michael Collopy, executive director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Academy for the Environment. “These are busy people, with busy schedules. The Tahoe Basin Science Conference is a unique and welcome opportunity for the scientists and managers of the Basin to learn about the latest science and what implications it has for the future management of Lake Tahoe.”

Recent research conducted in the wake of last summer’s devastating Angora Fire, assessments of runoff and its impact on lake clarity, the role of climate change on the lake, effects of fuel reduction on species, the impacts of recreational enthusiasts on the basin’s ecology, and many other topics will be covered during the conference.

The conference kicks off on Monday, March 17 at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe Resort’s Grand Ballroom at 1 p.m. with welcome and opening and remarks from Zach Hymanson, executive director of the Tahoe Science Consortium. A panel discussion moderated by John Reuter of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center on Climate Change Effects and Adaptations will then be held from 1:15 to 5 p.m.

Over the next two days, a variety of presentations and panel discussions will be held at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. On Tuesday, March 18, “Impacts of Climate Change in the Lake Tahoe Basin” d “Forest Watershed Management & Assessment” and “Watershed Modeling and Lake Water Quality” discussions will be held, from 9 a.m. to around 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 19, “Biological Considerations,” “Forest Management and Wildlife Ecology,” “Applying Science to Policies and Management Decisions,” and “Water Quality and Best Management Practices,” will be held from 9 a.m. to around 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Zach Hymanson at (775) 881-7561.


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