Welcome to the Tahoe Area Sierra Club 

Lake Tahoe from East Shore
Our mission: Protect and Restore Lake Tahoe and assure ongoing protection of all the natural resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Tahoe Area Sierra Club is part of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club in California as well as the Toiyabe chapter in Nevada. We have approximately 600 members in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee. The boundaries include all areas from Echo Summit, South Lake Tahoe, East and West Shores of Lake Tahoe and North to Truckee and Donner Summit. We are an all volunteer Group of caring people who enjoy getting outdoors, and work to inform the public about ongoing ecological issues and advocate for positive environmental policies and practices throughout the basin. Join in and help us protect our air, land and water throughout the beautiful Lake Tahoe area. When you join the Sierra Club, one membership application enrolls you into the nation-wide club, a Chapter, and a Group, based on your mailing address.
The mountains are calling and I must go”  - John Muir
2015 Election Candidates

Steve Alastuey

I lived at Lake Tahoe for fourteen years between 1961 and 1978.    I have a great interest in the Tahoe environment.  I have hiked many trails in and around South Tahoe, learning about how the ecosystem works.  I enjoy painting and drawing landscapes and wildlife, and fly-fishing.

Living in Nevada, I am a member of the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, and participate with the Tahoe Area Group.  I attend the community meetings often to learn about Tahoe issues.  Environmental policy and education are particular interests.

As a member of the TASC Wilderness Committee I participated in and testified for the TASC in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Plan objections meeting.  I prepared comments and spoke regarding an alternative plan regarding Wilderness in the basin.  I have been a member of the Sierra Club since 1985 and look forward to being a member of the Executive Committee.  

Karen Duron

My name is Karan Duron and I have been a member of the Sierra Club for many years. I moved back to South Lake Tahoe in Dec 2012. I’ve worked as a clinical laboratory scientist in hospital laboratories for forty five years, completely retiring in Nov 2014. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 2002 thru 2003. I volunteered at Yosemite for the month of Sept (2015) and also volunteer for the Valhalla Art, Music, and Theatre Festival. I have travelled to many countries all over the world, usually with scientists to experience Total Solar Eclipses.

Ever since I read "An Inconvenient Truth" by Al Gore, I have been a proponent for climate change, accelerated by human-cause. Last year I became a member of Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL) after learning about it at a special event discussing climate change.  I have written letters to the editors at Tahoe Tribune and Mountain News regarding climate change. Though I don't claim to be an expert in climatology, I will try to add something useful to the ongoing dialog of dealing with this important issue. By becoming a Sierra Club Committee Member I could be a liaison between the Sierra Club and Citizen's Climate Lobby. Thank you, Karan DuronDylan Eichenberg

Dylan Eichenberg

As a young man raised on West Shore, Dylan has already proven himself a passionate and effective leader in environmental restoration and stewardship around the Tahoe Basin. Since graduating in 2012 with a degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, he has been working jointly with Tahoe RCD and Integrated Environmental Restoration Services as a landscape conservationist and restoration specialist. In 2013, TRPA recognized him as a Lake Spirit Award recipient for his work monitoring storm drain outfalls, removing invasive species from our waterways, and spearheading a series of large events to remove graffiti from beaches and trails around Tahoe. As his experience and enthusiasm demonstrates, he is an ardent and influential advocate for protecting Lake Tahoe.

Cindy Ochoa

I fell in love with Lake Tahoe when I was a little girl and my parents brought us up here for our annual vacation.  Now, I feel lucky that I’ve been able to live up here for over 25 years, both in South Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  After working for many years in the travel business, I am now semi-retired and can spend more time hiking, skiing and playing, but also volunteering to protect the lake.  I joined the local Tahoe Area Sierra Group several years ago and have helped out with the community meetings and also served as vice-chair on the executive committee.  This year has been extremely busy serving as the chair. I have attended many meetings and met several of the people and agencies who are making the critical decisions affecting the lake.  There are many serious issues facing us, including climate change, large developments, traffic and invasive species. As a member of the executive committee, I will continue to work on these issues and to protect the lake and the mountains we all cherish.

Lynne Paulson

Lynne Paulson has served as Secretary on the Tahoe Area Sierra Club Executive Committee for the past two years. Lynne also leads Tahoe-based Washoe Meadows Community in its fight against an environmentally destructive project that would include an unprecedented downgrade in state park land in order to allow a golf course development in Washoe Meadows State Park. She began this role in 2007. Conservation activities in Tahoe have included leading numerous park cleanup events, citizen water sampling activities, advocacy at government and agency meetings and participation in the Sierra Club’s committee related to California State Parks.In the coming year Lynne plans to continue these conservation activities and would like to help integrate them with overall strategies for the Tahoe Area Sierra Club.

Lynne is a member of the Sierra Club and was previously active in the Guadalupe Group of the Loma Prieta Chapter, serving as secretary for the Sustainable Land Use Committee.  A retired engineer, she has also been involved in several conservation and community improvement campaigns in the San Francisco Bay Area including creek and park cleanups, planting events and advocating for protection of environmentally sensitive lands.



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