Public comment sought on aspen plan at Tahoe |

Public comment sought on aspen plan at Tahoe

The Associated Press

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. ” The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to restore more than 2,000 acres of aspen stands in the Lake Tahoe basin.

Agency officials say encroachment of pines and other conifers due to the absence of wildfire threatens aspen stands because conifers can supress the water table.

Plans call for mechanical or hand-thinning of conifers, aspen removal to promote stand regeneration and prescribed fire.

Aspen stands provide important habitat for many plant and animal species, but make up only 2 percent of the federal land in the basin.

The Forest Service has made changes to the proposal since it was first released last September, including an expansion of the project from 1,115 acres to 2,391 acres.

Comments on the project will be accepted through May 2.