Mission: Promote responsible travel by developing and facilitating recreation stewardship through models of Geotourism
in the Tahoe Truckee Watershed.
Geographic Region Served: South Lake Tahoe, California to Pyramid Lake, Nevada (Tahoe/Truckee Watershed).
The Beginning: In May 2007, Jacquie Chandler attended a South Lake Tahoe Tourism Conference where she met Jonathan Tourtellot, Executive Director, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations (NGCSD). Mr. Tourtellot introduced Geotourism, an innovative concept to reduce the carbon footprint of tourism and protect our fragile ecosystem. Ms. Chandler enthusiastic response to geotourism inspired her appointment as Tahoe’s Geotourism Liaison for NGCSD. This action brought together a confluence of volunteers from ferry designers, historians, sustainability experts, educators and more, to help the region emerge towards a 21st Century Geotourism Visitor Menu of adventures and recreation that protect the Tahoe Truckee Watershed for future generations.