Public comment sought on future of Independence Lake |

Public comment sought on future of Independence Lake

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Nature Conservancy is seeking public comment on a recreation management plan for Independence Lake in the Sierra Nevada.

The conservation group last year acquired 2,325 acres of forested land around the lake for $15 million from electric utility NV Energy.

The group seeks to allow visitors access to the lake and land north of Truckee while preserving critical habitat for native fish and wildlife.

A public forum on the lake’s future will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Truckee Town Hall.

The lake provides water to the Reno area and is a popular destination for anglers and hikers.

The Nature Conservancy called its purchase of the land an important conservation milestone in the Sierra.

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