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Wildfire reduction project at South Tahoe ready for public review

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LAKE TAHOE ” A massive project to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire at the South Shore of Lake Tahoe is up for public review.

The Lahontan Water Board and the U.S. Forest Service have released the draft environmental document for the South Shore Fuel Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration project.

The project proposes a variety of handheld and mechanical treatments to reduce hazardous fuel loading on up to 10,670 acres of national forest lands, said forest service spokesman Rex Norman in a statement.

Comments concerning the document will be accepted for 45 days following publication of a notice in the Federal Register ” the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations. The notice is expected to be published next week, Norman said.

“The South Shore project is one of the most important projects we will do for many years to come,” said Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron in the statement. “Once completed, the project will reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire across a broad landscape of wildland urban interface lands adjacent to communities and infrastructure currently at risk of catastrophic wildfire.”

Implementation of the project is expected in phases, with most fuels reduction projects completed in the first three to four years following approval, Norman said.

The South Shore project documents, maps and full information on how to submit comments can be viewed at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/.

To request a compact disc or paper copy of the document, contact Duncan Leao at (530) 543-2660, or by e-mail at dleao@fs.fed.us.

In compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, copies of the South Shore project’s environmental document will be available for review at the El Dorado County Clerk’s Office, the South Lake Tahoe Public Library and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor’s Office for the duration of the comment period.