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Feds approve fuels reduction funds for Tahoe

Jen Schmidt/Sierra Sun file photoA firefighter stands watch over a controlled burn last fall. Last week, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne OK'd about $4.3 million for fire fuels and restoration projects at Lake Tahoe.

LAKE TAHOE “-The federal government has approved more than $4 million for new and ongoing fire fuels reduction efforts at Lake Tahoe, officials recently announced.

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne OK’d about $4.3 million for fire fuels and restoration projects at Lake Tahoe.

“Implementation of these fuels reduction projects is critical, not only to protect residents of Lake Tahoe but help improve the overall health of the surrounding forests,” Kempthorne said. “The Department of the Interior remains committed to protecting this extraordinarily special area.”

The projects are:

– Lake Tahoe Basin Prescribed Fire Under Burn Project

– South Shore Ecosystem Restoration and Hazardous Fuel Reduction

– Lake Tahoe Urban Forest Restoration and Fuels Reduction, Phase 3 of 4.

The projects are on Forest Service-managed land throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The federal money comes from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998, which uses the sale of public lands around the Las Vegas area for environmental improvement projects across the state.

The money goes to projects at Lake Tahoe, and in Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine counties. Limited money is also given dispersed in Washoe and Douglas counties and in Carson City.

Information regarding all SNPLMA-approved projects is available at http://www.nv.blm.gov/snplma/index.htm.

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