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Federal, California agencies eye 1,961-acre land swap at Lake Tahoe

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LAKE TAHOE — The California Tahoe Conservancy and U.S. Forest Service are hosting open houses next week to present a land exchange concept that would help both agencies — according to them — manage their holdings in the Lake Tahoe Basin more efficiently.

The proposal would transfer Forest Service urban lots to the CTC, while conveying some larger CTC parcels to the Forest Service, according to a news release.

"The proposed land exchange would increase the effectiveness of our urban lot program in meeting various environmental and public access goals in the Basin," CTC Executive Director Patrick Wright said in a statement.

The South Shore open house will take place Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor's office, 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

The Tahoe City open house will take place Thursday, Sept., 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the Tahoe City Public Utility District's Lakeview Room, 221 Fairview Drive.

There will be no formal presentation, officials said. Staff members from both agencies will be available to explain the proposal and answer questions.

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"Our urban lots program is the only one in the Forest Service, and presents unique challenges in protecting thousands of small parcels right in the middle of Tahoe neighborhoods," Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais added in a statement. "We're interested in hearing any concerns about a proposal, the goal of which is to allow the Forest Service to focus on our strengths in managing larger forested parcels while the CTC maximizes the efficiency of its urban lots program."

Under the proposal, the Forest Service and CTC would exchange 1,961 acres.

Maps showing areas proposed for exchange are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ProposedLandExchange.