Survey Ranks Preventing Wildfires as Number 1 Lake Tahoe Concern

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 7, 2005

The survey collected feedback from nearly 25-hundred people. They ranked preventing wildfires, increasing protection of wildlife and improving the lake's water quality as high priorities. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency spokeswoman Julie Regan says focus groups were also concerned about so-called monster homes.

"Their concerned with perhaps homes that they view as too large to blend in with the natural landscape. Although when we tested that opinion in the telephone surveys it did not rise to the same level of intensity as say things like protecting the lake from wildfire."

The survey found that sightseeing is the number one reason people visit Lake Tahoe. The other main activities people engage in at the lake are eating at restaurants, visiting casinos for shows or to gamble and hiking or biking on trails around the lake, in that order.

Steve Milne - KXJZ news.