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U.S. Forest Service seeks input on Lake Tahoe tree thinning project

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The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments on a three thinning proposal for South Shore.

The plan, according to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), would reduce excess vegetation on approximately 3,800 acres of national forest lands on the south end of the Lake Tahoe Basin in order to reduce the risk of wildland fires and create healthier forests.

“Now more than ever, we recognize the need to increase our efforts to treat and remove excess and overgrown vegetation in order to protect communities and improve forest health,” Jeff Marsolais, LTBMU forest supervisor, said in a press release. “We are excited to be moving forward with strategies that will increase the pace and scale of thinning projects to help create more resilient forests that are resistant to wildland fire, drought, bark beetles and disease.”

Treatments would include forest thinning using hand and mechanical methods, cable yarding and prescribed fire operations, according to LTBMU. Tree planting may also occur in some areas to promote certain tree species and forest diversity. Treatments would take place in areas thinned within the last 25 years and in areas that have not been previously treated.

Treatments would include forest thinning using hand and mechanical methods, cable yarding and prescribed fire operations.

In addition to possible short-term impacts to recreational areas, thinning projects change the appearance of forests. Treated areas, according to LTBMU, may look disturbed at first, but recover visually within a few years and provide for a healthier, more resilient forest over time.

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Work could begin as early as spring 2018 and could take approximately eight years to complete.

The proposed action is available at http://bit.ly/2n44fMp. Comments, according to LTBMU, are most helpful if received by Feb. 16.

Contact Jason Pollard at 530-543-2891 or email jpollard@fs.fed.us for more information on the proposal and submitting comments.