Three-year, $30 MM Initiative Aims to “Stop Catastrophic Wildfires Before They Start”
TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) is proud to announce it has raised over $1MM to propel Forest Futures, a multi-year campaign to stimulate the region’s economy, ensure a safer and more secure future for the Tahoe area, and create an actionable path forward to healthy forests everywhere.
“After four years of convening experts, building community awareness and developing a systematic strategy, the Forest Futures campaign is prepared to take immediate action to protect Tahoe’s forests,” said Stacy Caldwell, CEO of TTCF. “The impacts of this campaign will reach far beyond the Tahoe region and across generations of our community and California. Our approach is holistic and our strategy is emergent, recognizing the interconnectedness of community with our environment and our economy; and the importance to engage and collaborate with all stakeholders.”
“The Sierra Nevada is not just important to those who live and recreate here…we are home to one of the world’s most diverse watersheds, providing nearly 60% of the state’s water,” Caldwell continued. “When the Tahoe forests burn, the impact to our community and to the climate are devastating and will be felt far beyond the borders of our region.”
In 2020, more than four million acres of land burned in California. This year, due to drought conditions, the fire season began 60 days earlier than in previous years and the largest fires in our state’s history continue to burn in the Lake Tahoe region. The impact of these catastrophic fires is felt statewide – in water quality and quantity, biodiversity, carbon and climate outcomes, human health, community and ecological resilience and much more. The Sierra Nevada is critical infrastructure – not just for communities here in the region but for the state and for the planet.
To learn more about this campaign or to donate, visit: ttcf.net/projects-programs/forest-futures/
ABOUT THE TAHOE TRUCKEE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The mission of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) is to connect people and opportunities, generating resources to build a more caring, creative and effective community. TTCF was established in 1998 thanks to the vision of William Hewlett who loved and worked to protect the Sierra Nevada. In a little more than 20 years, TTCF has served the Tahoe Truckee region by identifying emerging needs and working collaboratively with regional stakeholders, donors, and nonprofits to address them strategically. TTCF holds $34 million in assets and has distributed more than $30 million, in partnership with its donors, in local grants and scholarships.
ABOUT FOREST FUTURES
The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation established the Forest Futures campaign to ensure healthy forests today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. Forest Futures will unlock the innovation and resources needed to speed and scale sustainable forest management in our region and through mountain and forested communities globally.