To protect and preserve our beloved environment, the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative developed a Traveler Responsibility Pledge that is being adapted regionally by neighboring DMO’s (Visit Truckee-Tahoe & Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority). Together, we’re asking community members and travelers alike to follow six pledge commitments that amplify environmental stewardship efforts.
Rooted in preservation tactics, education and mindfulness, the pledge reminds us to travel with awareness and observe the impact of individual actions. Layered into each pledge are actionable steps to take, like participating in a beach clean-up with Tahoe Blue Crew’s, drinking Tahoe Tap from a reusable bottle, and reminding people to leave no trace no matter the adventure. The pledge encourages everyone to support small businesses and sign up for emergency alerts to stay connected with travel advisories and emergency updates.
We’re asking you to take the Traveler Responsibility Pledge and help us share this important message with visitors and guests. To do that, we have created a partner toolkit that makes activating the Traveler Responsibility Pledge very easy. From sample social posts to pledge profile frames; website content to cut/paste and a downloadable poster, everything is compiled in one place for implementation. We have also included downloadable photos, the Traveler Responsibility Pledge logo + icons, and video links. Please share across your channels and help remind both guests and residents that takes all of us working together to protect and preserve our beautiful home.
BECOME A STEWARD OF LAKE TAHOE
Commit to exploring the Lake Tahoe region responsibly and help preserve our treasured spaces by leaving them better than you found them. Adhere to instructions and signage, rules are in place for your safety and the wellbeing of our environment. Lend a hand during one of our community clean-up days and volunteer through North Lake Tahoe’s Ambassador program. Think like a local! Ride public transportation and support small businesses and events – tourism dollars help keep our communities vibrant and strong.
RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Do your part to preserve North Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty. Make sure to leave no trace by packing out what you brought in. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles, stay on trails so you don’t disturb the landscape and be mindful of your actions (and your pets!) to reduce your ecological footprint. Say no to plastic and bring your own reusable water bottle (and utensils!). Tahoe tap is the best way to stay hydrated. We can all help take care.
Check weather conditions and operational modifications by state (CA/NV) ahead of your visit and prepare in advance for outdoor experiences you plan to partake in to stay safe. Our Know Before You Go informational guides include travel tips, itinerary recommendations, safety protocols and more. Sign up for county and state text alerts and stay connected to travel advisories and emergency updates while you’re here.
KEEP WILDLIFE WILD
Observe wildlife from a respectful distance to ensure their safety (and yours) and never feed wildlife. Feeding wildlife can be as direct as offering a bit of your lunch, to leaving your food or garbage exposed for animals to find. It may take just one experience for an animal to learn people = food. Wildlife depend on natural behavior for survival. Once a wild animal becomes food-conditioned it looses its natural fear of people and public places. Not feeding wild animals keeps you safe and the wildlife wild.
BE FIRE SAFE
Get prepared, informed and involved! Consult fire restrictions before lighting a campfire or starting a grill and know the permitting rules ahead of burning anything outdoors. Fireworks are not permitted in the Lake Tahoe Basin and when cooking outdoors, plan on propane or gas. When using charcoal or wood in approved areas, be sure to soak, stir and feel the ashes before disposing. Please maintain your vigilance and be prepared in the event of an emergency. Sign up for county and state text alerts and stay connected to travel advisories and emergency updates while you’re here.
DEMONSTRATE MINDFUL TRAVEL
Kindness goes a long way in our community. Locally owned businesses appreciate your patience and commitment to following health and safety protocols in their establishments. If an outdoor area looks too crowded, move on and explore a new location. Speak kindly to people you encounter on public lands and remember to be a good neighbor by keeping noise down and parking in designated areas. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home. Travel with awareness and observe the impact of your actions – it takes all of us working together to create a healthy and positive Tahoe experience.