The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Lake Spirit Awards.

The awards are intended to recognize real people making real progress in conserving Lake Tahoe's natural environment, according to TRPA, which created the Lake Spirit Awards in 2011 to recognize individuals showing exceptional commitment to the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The awards expanded the following year to include categories for exemplary citizen and agency representative/environmental scientist. A winner from the North Shore and South Shore will be selected in each category.

The nomination form can be found online at Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 23.