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UC Davis layoffs affect wetlands restoration project in Tahoe City

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. “-The University of California, Davis, announced layoffs this week at the school’s Incline Village-based Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Heather Segale, education and outreach coordinator at the TERC, which is located on the campus of Sierra Nevada College, said the layoffs stem from the effects of a tightened California state budget.

“These are people who live up here, who have apartments, it’s really hard to let them go,” Segale said.

Those let go were education team members attached to the Wetlands Restoration Project in Tahoe City at the Tahoe City Field Station, but were based in Incline.

Davis employs about 20 people out of the TERC office.

Segale said the final number of layoffs ” three or four ” is expected to be finalized shortly. She said all employees who are laid off receive 30 days notice.

“There is some hope that if California gets its act together and pass a budget in the next 30 days we can just tear the layoff papers up,” Segale said. “These are people we’d want to keep.”

Segale said she was upset because TERC would have liked to continue the projects and exhibits at the Field Station.

“We are sad to see these people go,” Segale said. “It’s definitely not helping morale around here, everyone is pretty bummed out.”

The Field Station, which has been renovated over the last year to the tune of $2.1 million, was previously known as the Fish Hatchery.

It was scheduled to re-open this summer as the Eriksson Center, but Segale said that opening is now up in the air pending funds from California, which are frozen.

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