TRPA Proclamation Recognizes Bud Hicks’ “Invaluable Contributions”

McDonald Carano congratulates A.J. “Bud” Hicks on receiving an official Proclamation from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency thanking and commending him for his service as the sole U.S. Presidential Appointee on the TRPA Governing Board from 2018-2023. TRPA was established in 1969 as the nation’s first bi-state (NV and CA) regional environmental planning agency. It is charged with leading cooperative efforts to preserve, restore, and enhance Lake Tahoe and its communities. 

  • The TRPA Proclamation is provided below and available here as a PDF. 
  • Bud’s service on the TRPA Governing Board is also covered in an exclusive interview published in Law360 and available here.



WHEREAS, A.J. “Bud” Hicks has diligently served the people of the United States as the Presidential Board Appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency from 2018-2023; and

WHEREAS, he has contributed greatly to upholding the bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Compact and supporting the restoration, protection, and enhancement of Lake Tahoe and its communities; and

WHEREAS, Bud played a pivotal role on the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission to identify and implement constructive changes to policies and practices within the Basin to improve forest management and prevent catastrophic wildfire after the devastating Angora Fire; and

WHEREAS, his exceptional leadership as the Chair of the TRPA Forest Health and Wildfire Committee has significantly contributed to advancing forest health priorities and resilience in the Tahoe Basin while at the same time Bud supported TRPA staff members and offered guidance and mentorship; and

WHEREAS, his remarkable legal expertise and experience in Nevada has been instrumental to the TRPA Legal Committee in implementing the goals and policies of the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan; and

WHERAS, his pragmatic and collaborative approach has greatly contributed to the improvement of inter-agency and inter-state cooperation and garnered the respect of his Governing Board member colleagues; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency provides this official proclamation to Bud Hicks to extend its gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the Lake Tahoe Region as his term comes to an end. 

PASSED and ADOPTED by the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency this 26th day of July, 2023, by the following vote:

Ayes: Ms. Aldean, Ms. Bowman, Ms. Conrad-Saydah, Ms. Diss, Ms. Faustinos, Mr. Friedrich, Ms. Gustafson, Ms. Hill, Mr. Hoenigman, Ms. Laine, Mr. Rice, Mr. Settelmeyer, Ms. Williamson

Cindy Gustafson, Chair Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Governing Board


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