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Lake Tahoe forest plan workshops set for Nov. 3, Nov. 12

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The Forest Service invites the public to continue planning the future of National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin at two public workshops focused on forest health.

The first workshop, scheduled for Monday, Nov. 3, will focus on balancing forest health and wildlife habitat issues. The second, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12, will focus on balancing forest health with soil, air and water quality and conditions in stream environment zones.

These workshops continue public input on the forest plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The topics were developed based on input received at the first two public meetings in late September.

Each workshop will begin with a background presentation on the topic area, followed by an opportunity for questions. The second half of each workshop will consist of a facilitated discussion on forest management strategies.

Each workshop will run from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Emerald Bay Room at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe. Light refreshments will be served.

The final workshop for this phase of public participation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Sierra Nevada College in Incline and will focus on balancing recreational opportunities.

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Nearly 80 percent of the Lake Tahoe Basin is managed by the Forest Service on behalf of the American public. The local forest plan provides overall direction for these lands. The current plan is 20 years old.

While much of it is still relevant, several areas require updating to reflect current conditions and policies, new science and changing technologies. The Forest Service has identified ecosystem restoration, recreation management, land use, and planning and adaptive management as among the key areas requiring revision.

More information on the forest plan revision is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ ltbmu/forest-plan/.