Forest Service: Steer clear of logging areas |

Forest Service: Steer clear of logging areas

The U.S. Forest Service is cautioning Tahoe residents and visitors to respect signs that prohibit entrance to a forest thinning project in Ward Canyon south of Tahoe City.

The machinery used for thinning can be hazardous, said Rex Norman, spokesman for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the Forest Service.

Some cyclists have ignored the signs warning of the thinning and put themselves in danger, said Norman, although no one has been injured.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt,” he said.

Several sections of the larger project to thin out the forest in Ward Canyon are being done by mechanical thinners, said Norman.

“It’s thinning the vegetation and the small diameter trees and opening up the canopy,” he said.

The project will help restore the thick forest to a healthy state, said Norman.

“The forest there is literally choking itself,” he said. “It’s one of the forests with the highest unnatural densities in the basin.”

The forest work is taking place between Tahoe Woods and Big Pine.

The popular trails and recreation in the area will be open again once the thinning project is completed, which should be within two weeks, said Forest Service officials.

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