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Feds preparing over-snow vehicle guidelines for Tahoe National Forest

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Forest Service will prepare an environmental impact statement on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle use on roads, trails and areas on lands within the Tahoe National Forest.

According to a news release, the EIS will also identify snow trails available for grooming in the forest.

Tahoe National Forest maintains a world-class OSV trail system, according to the feds, and "designating OSV use on the forest will ensure over-snow vehicle activity, such as snowmobile riding, is effectively managed to provide access; ensure OSV use when there is adequate snow; promote the safety of all users; enhance public enjoyment; minimize impacts to resources; and minimize conflicts among users."

As an initial step in preparing the EIS, the Forest Service has developed a proposed action —but, a decision has not been made regarding the project.

The public can submit comments on the initial scoping phase by March 25, and additional comments are welcome throughout the planning process, according to USFS.

To help gather feedback, five meetings are planned across the region. All meetings will be held from 4-7 p.m.

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On March 3, there will be a meeting at the Truckee District Ranger Station at 10811 Stockrest Springs Road.

For information and instructions on how to comment, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe.