As Clinton exited the stage, the 2,000-plus attendees crowded closely around him. People greeted him like a rock star, although he said he was the only one on the stage who ‘can’t do anything for you…’

Bill Clinton, the popular former U.S. President, came to Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village August 17 for the 10th annual Tahoe Forum. The Forum brings together leaders of the government, environmental groups, and businesses from around the country to discuss the preservation of Lake Tahoe.

Despite his modesty, Clinton did do something 10 years ago when he came to the first Tahoe Forum – he signed an executive order declaring Lake Tahoe an area of national concern, which resulted in a $50 million pledge in federal money. Over the last decade, more than a billion dollars from the public and private sector have been spent on restoration efforts at Lake Tahoe. The main focus thus far has been preserving the clarity of the lake, which has been one of the greatest successes over the last decade, said U.S. Senator Harry Reid, organizer of this year’s event.

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Everyone on stage agreed, however, that now the focus must be on wildfire plans and fuel load reduction. They also spoke strongly about the necessity of preserving Lake Tahoe, our treasure.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV): ‘So, what is the lesson we’ve learned in 10 years? That with good teamwork, you can beat anybody.’

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): ‘Mother Earth is a beautiful place and that’s what we’re fighting for.’

Senator John Ensign (R-NV): ‘We have to love this place so much to get the bureaucracy out of the way.’

Bill Clinton: ‘We worked very hard at this conference 10 years ago. Today, I’m the only one who can’t do anything for you…but I know someone who can.’ (The crowd laughed.)

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  • Mayumi Peacock

    Hailing from a U.S. military family and a graduate of the University of Florida, Mayumi Peacock has lived in several corners of the country and globe, yet Tahoe/Truckee has been her home since 1999. She is founder and publisher of Moonshine Ink, the region’s award-winning independent newspaper, which continues to be created by, for, and of the community. Other passions include family, animals, books, healthy living, and humane food.

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