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Tahoe-Truckee news briefs: Airport board to review noise, annoyance ideas

Staff report

TAHOE-TRUCKEE — After more than 130 community members attended six Truckee Tahoe Airport District neighborhood meetings this summer, the board of directors will hear and discuss results of feedback on Nov. 30.

According to a news release, the compiled feedback from this summer's meetings — available at truckeetahoeairport.com — will be discussed at the Nov. 30 board meeting, offering a follow up opportunity for those who attended and those who were unable.

"We were happy with such great turnout from our community, and we received a lot of valuable feedback," Kevin Smith, general manager of the district, said in a statement. "The Nov. 30 meeting will be a great opportunity for those who participated to find out what we're doing with that feedback, and what we're planning next."

Airport staff presented on a number of plans aimed to help with noise and annoyance, and those plans generally received positive feedback from those in attendance, according to staff.

Those plans included new notional routes created by the district's recent Airspace Study, and the plan to use a temporary seasonal air traffic control tower starting in the summer of 2017.

Noise and annoyance were primary areas of public feedback, and residents offered a range of ideas and suggestions from the use of Nixle, a public safety communications tool, to the ability to send photos as part of noise reports, according to district staff.

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The meeting is set for Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. at the airport. Visit truckeetahoeairport.com to learn more.

Prescribed fires possibly on tap this week

The North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts and the U.S. Forest Service were tentatively scheduled to continue prescribed fire operations this week in several areas.

According to the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, operations may take place at Stillwater Cove near Crystal Bay, off Logan Creek Drive, near Cave Rock, Zephyr Heights and Round Hill, and on urban lots near Heavenly Mountain Resort, off North Upper Truckee Road and near Big Meadow off Highway 89 South.

Operations will continue as conditions allow, according to the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team. To view a map with project location and details, visit the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) website at http://www.tahoefft.org.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions.

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to pa_ltbmu@fs.fed.us.

Fuelwood-cutting permits drying up soon

The last day to purchase a U.S. Forest Service fuelwood permit for the Lake Tahoe Basin is Friday, Nov. 18, and the last day to cut wood is Sunday, Nov. 20, officials announced recently.

Permits cost $20 per cord, with a two-cord minimum purchase and a limit of 10 cords per household. Permits have specific conditions and complete information is provided when the permit is issued. Maps to designated cutting areas are also provided and must be in the permit holder¹s possession along with the valid permit.

According to the Forest Service, forest roads and gates began closing in late October for soil protection and public safety. Keep in mind that some cutting areas may not be accessible by vehicle in areas where gates have closed. Permit holders should check whether road closures are in effect and should not go behind closed gates.

No off-road travel is allowed and permit holders must comply with all permit directions. For specific forest road closure dates, consult the Motor Vehicle Use Maps by visiting http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TravelManagement.

The permit is for collection of "down-dead" wood up to a 30-inch maximum diameter in designated fuelwood areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin. "Down-dead" means the tree is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing. Cutting any standing tree, whether dead or green, is not allowed.

The Forest Supervisor's office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the North Shore Forest Service office at 855 Alder Avenue in Incline Village is open Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

For more, call the South Shore office at 530-543-2600 or the North Shore office at 775-831-0914.