WEST LAKE TAHOE -- The nonprofit Sierra State Parks Foundation has received a $1 million grant from an anonymous donor.
The donor, whose gift came through the San Francisco Foundation, identified specific projects to be funded, all on Lake Tahoes west shore.
They include sod roof restoration at Emerald Bays Vikingsholm mansion, Hellman-Ehrman estate restoration, D.L. Bliss State Park interpretive signage, human-bear management projects and Olympic Heritage snow trails grooming.
Those projects were selected by the donor from the parks foundations to do list, said Heidi Doyle, the foundations executive director.
Certain monies were also earmarked for miscellaneous discretionary projects for west shore state parks.
The parks foundation began in 1968 when a group of local citizens worked to protect the Hellman-Ehrman mansion from demolition for a campground.
Since then, it has broadened its mission to support education, interpretation, preservation and restoration efforts at all the state parks at Lake Tahoe and Truckee.