Cyndie Walck

Engineering Geologist (specialty Fluvial Geomorphology) 

Cyndie Walck is the head of the watershed program for California State Parks with 25 years of experience in stream and watershed restoration. Her background is in fluvial geomorphology with a masters degree in both hydrology and geology. Cyndie has worked on projects throughout the Tahoe area as well as throughout California. She has participated int he Upper Truckee Watershed Advisory group for over 20 years. Past projects in the Tahoe area include restoration of several reaches of Angora Creek and Coldstream Creek, as well as many trail and bridge projects.

“With the delay of more than 10 years due to litigation on CEQA technicalities, we have lost precious time to restore the river and habitat, sending more sediment into Lake Tahoe.” Cyndie Walck

“I look forward to being able to start work on this critical project. This is a watershed scale effort to improve the river and reduce impacts to Lake Tahoe and the relocation of the golf course and restoration of this reach is a key piece.” Cyndie Walck

Forrest L. Richardson

Forrest L. Richardson

Golf Course Architect

Forrest L. Richardson aims for sustainability, playability and fun with his golf course designs. He sees big potential in small-footprint golf for both existing and new golfers. “The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is a point of pride for the State and Lake Tahoe Community,” says Richardson. “Not only do we have expansive open space with habitat weaving in and out of the golf uses, but we are providing a place for people to enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time.” Indeed, with its goal of 50,000 annual rounds, the total recreation time spent at the facility surpasses a quarter million hours, far more than many other recreation sites and parks.

Richardson has observed that infrastructure — irrigation, drainage, paths and rootzones — at this 60-year old course are well past their useful life cycle. “When a golf course reaches certain points in its age you begin to see decline in many areas,” notes Richardson. “While the State has taken good care of the facility, the simple reality of replacing certain things needs to catch up with the times. While golf courses wear out at different stages, it’s much like any building — you simply need to renovate at some point in time in order to get the same use out of the asset.”

Notable renovation efforts by Richardson include Olivas Links in Ventura, where Richardson turned a poor-draining 27-hole original layout into a 10-hole routing praised by golfers. He also transformed Baylands Golf Links in Palo Alto to be integrated within a larger natural preserve area that golfers enjoy and the $12 million project also established a short course aimed at youth golfer development. Another successful project is the golf course at Mountain Shadows resort in Phoenix where he reduced a rigourous play executive course designed in the 1960’s by his mentor Jack Snyder to an 18-hole par-3 course that emphasizes quick play and fun. Richardson is also well-known for original designs The Hideout in Utah and the Links at Las Palomas in Mexico.

Richardson has authored five books on golf course architecture including the book, Of Course. In 2020, he began a year-long term as president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Richardson is about making the game fun and less intimidating. “Anything we can do to bring people into the game and keep them involved with the game…let people experience the fun of the game.”

“Anything we can do to bring people into the game and keep them involved with the game…let people experience the fun of the game.” Forrest L. Richardson

Nathan Shasha

Environmental Scientist

Nathan Shasha joined California State Parks in 2005 assisting in the Watershed Management program of the Natural Resources section where he helped plan design and implement a number of stream and meadow restoration projects within the Sierra District. With a B.A. degree in Environmental Resource Management and a minor in Geographic Information Systems, he is the District Trails Coordinator planning designing and implementing numerous road and trail improvement and maintenance projects throughout the parks. Nathan has conducted the baseline monitoring and post restoration project monitoring for the Angora Creek Restoration project and the Proposed Upper Truckee River Restoration project. Nathan is currently working on trail improvements in Washoe Meadows State Park, the Rubicon trail at DL Bliss SP, and is currently constructing the Grover Hot Springs State Park Nature Trail ADA Improvements project.