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Forest Service to hold forum on forest thinning

Sun staff reports

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is hosting two public meetings to gather input for a 10-year plan to reduce fuels and prevent wildland fires in the Tahoe Basin.

The meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at the North Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach and on Aug. 2 at the Lake Tahoe Community College.

The purpose of the meetings is to present the planning effort and to solicit feedback on the draft plan prior to final public release.

This strategic comprehensive fuels plan for the Tahoe Basin covers approximately 208,800 acres. The planwill outline strategies to reduce the probability of a catastrophic fire in the basin. It combines all existing fuel treatment plans that have been developed within the basin and helps participating agencies to identify priority areas.

In addition, it builds upon current and past fuel reduction projects that have already occurred on nearly 13,000 acres and the efforts of community-based fire departments and fire safe councils that are actively treating fuels around residences.

For additional information regarding these meetings please contact Duncan Leao at 543-2660.

” Sun staff report