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Federal, state and local leaders are gathering with environmentalists and tribal representatives near the shores of Lake Tahoe today to tout ongoing efforts and new initiatives to protect the lake´s delicate and vulnerable ecosystem.

Thinning forests around the scenic mountain lake to reduce fire threats are among the topics to be discussed during the eight annual Lake Tahoe forum.

It´s being held this year at the Ponderosa Ranch in Incline Village.

Officials for the U-S Environmental Protection Agency intend to announce a million-dollar federal grant for several projects designed to control pollution that clouds Lake Tahoe´s famed clarity.

The annual forum is the result of a 1997 summit hosted by then-President Clinton to raise awareness of the Tahoe basin´s environmental challenges and forge a cooperative effort to protect the crown jewel of the Sierra.