Borrowing from our wild past: the tahoes
Posted by The Verge on Wednesday, February 07, 2020 12:05:42 A year ago, the Tahoe and Imperial families were preparing for a new era of ranching and timbering.
The Tahoe Family Ranch was the first to be purchased by the Imperial family.
The land would later become the family’s largest ranch.
“I remember a lot of our first memories are the big ranch, that’s where we had our first big ranch,” says David Brown, the grandson of a family member.
The family has since been expanding on that history and working to preserve its traditional character.
Today, the family is building a second big ranch and working with the Tahoes to develop a new heritage site for the tribe.
“We’re working on the new heritage to really be like a new frontier for the Tahoas, and that includes our trees and the way we use them,” says Brown.
The new land is just one of the many initiatives Brown has taken to protect the heritage of the Taholiho, an Indigenous people who lived here before European settlers arrived.
In 2017, Brown and his fellow Tahoe family members were awarded the 2017 Tahoe Forest and Timber Heritage Award, a federal award that recognizes individuals who are working to conserve the natural resources of the region.
It is also one of only two federally recognized Native American heritage projects to be awarded in the state of Idaho.
In this article, Brown shares some of his thoughts on the state’s environmental stewardship of its forests and timber.
We’re also excited to share some of our favorite photos of the new Tahoe Ranch that we took in 2017, like the one you can see above, of a giant tree that the family plans to harvest and turn into a cutting edge timber in the new community.