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Forest Service invites public comment

Andrew Pridgen
Sun News Service

The Forest Service in Lake Tahoe is developing its vision for the future, and asking the public to chime in with their comments.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the U.S. Forest Service is preparing the first of several documents that are part of its forest plan to be publicly reviewed over the next 18 months.

The plan is set to be updated at the same time as the Pathway 2007, the 20-year regional plan for the basin spearheaded by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

“We’re actually on parallel tracks (with other agencies),” forest service spokesman Rex Norman said. “As we get into 2007, all agencies will have what they need to move forward.”

Other agency representatives agree that the “new way” of creating the plan ” multiple agencies working congruously ” will benefit all in the end.

“With three major public agencies in Lake Tahoe (TRPA, U.S. Forest Service, and Lahontan) in the process of updating regional plans, we thought it only made sense to coordinate,” said Julie Regan, TRPA communications director.

The Forest Service report looks at ecology, recreation, land use and land management. The environmental review of the proposed plan will come later, Norman said.

The forest service report can be viewed at the Forest Supervisor’s Office on College Drive in South Lake Tahoe or at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/projects.

Comments must be delivered or postmarked no later than Mar. 19 to be considered.