About Us

The members of the Friends of the West Shore (FOWS) care about their communities and will work together to protect the West Shore, our watersheds, wildlife, and the rural quality of life, for today and future generations. FOWS promotes sustainable communities and policies that enhance our natural resources and the beauty of the West Shore.

Who We Are

FOWS is a grassroots community conservation organization established to help preserve and enhance the character, scale, environment and historical significance of Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. It is a resource to the community and uses the collaborative efforts of residents to make a positive impact on the West Shore’s environment and neighborhoods. FOWS promotes sustainable communities and policies that enhance our natural resources and the beauty of the West Shore. FOWS has over 500 West Shore residents who respond to our petitions, write letters, provide contributions, and support our goals. FOWS is the only grassroots organization on the West Shore giving a collective voice to its residents to preserve the local rural quality of life and environment.

What We Do

FOWS is dedicated to preserving residents’ quality of life and the cultural atmosphere of the West Shore.

  • Our Board members and active volunteers work tirelessly to protect and conserve the West Shore’s environment through scientific, legal, educational, and regulatory means.
  • We support appropriate redevelopment consistent with the character and scale of our communities.
  • We are your eyes, ears, and voice at local, state, federal and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency meetings.
  • We will inform you of environmental concerns and upcoming events through our e-Alerts, Newsletters and website.

Preserving Natural Resources

FOWS explores ways to sustain the beauty, character, and history of our neighborhoods. Land Use planning can protect our natural resources. In addition, this activity allows developers and agencies to improve site plans for preservation of our critical native habitat. How and where we grow has significant impact on our rivers, lakes and streams, vegetation and wildlife.

West Shore Area

FOWS includes the communities south of the Truckee River from Tahoe City, extending to Emerald Bay, including both Placer and El Dorado Counties. FOWS also focuses on plans and projects in adjacent areas which may have an impact on the West Shore.

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Read FOWS 2015 Annual Report to learn more.