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Lake Tahoe invasive plant eradication with herbicides to continue

Staff report

The U.S. Forest Service will soon continue a project to eradicate, control and contain known infestations of invasive plants in the Lake Tahoe Basin using chemical treatment.

Work will occur at approximately 70 sites beginning May 15 and continuing through September 2015, according to a news release.

Project areas include the 64 Acres parking lot, Angora Fire area, Baldwin Beach Meadow, Burke Creek Trail, Camp Richardson Corral, Luther Pass Campground, Heavenly Creek Meadow, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Rabe Meadow, the Lower Truckee River below Tahoe City, and the Spooner Summit fire station.

Crews will also treat infestations on Forest Service urban lots on Ralph Drive, Terry Lane, Ski Run Boulevard and Mt. Rainier Drive in South Lake Tahoe and on Sugar Pine Drive in Incline Village, Marge Court in Zephyr Cove, and Pine Street on Kingsbury Grade.

Crews will apply herbicides backpack sprayers and other tools, according to USFS, and application follows approved Environmental Protection Agency, state and local parameters.

Access to treatment sites will be restricted during and after application.

Target invasive plants include tall whitetop, Dalmatian toadflax, yellow toadflax, hoary cress and Canada thistle.

Photos and information about these species can be found at the Lake Tahoe Basin Weed Coordinating Group’s website at tahoeinvasiveweeds.org.