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Forest Service to host meetings on proposed Over Snow Vehicle Travel Management Project

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The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will host two informational open houses on the proposed Winter Recreation and Over Snow Vehicle Travel Management Project for the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The first open house will take place 3-5 p.m. Nov. 13 at The Parasol Building, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. The second open house will be held 3-5 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe.

With the holiday season approaching and the importance of giving adequate time for the public to respond, the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has extended the comment period through Dec. 9. To review the project, please visit the Forest Projects webpage at https://go.usa.gov/xmgxT.

In September, the basin management unit released the proposed action for the Winter Recreation and Over Snow Vehicle Travel Management Project. The proposed action was developed based on Forest Service criteria and feedback received from stakeholders during the Forest Plan Revision process, open house meetings and winter recreation collaborative meetings that occurred between 2011 and 2016.

In the fall of 2016, the forest service started the process of analyzing areas and trails open to over snow vehicle use in the Tahoe Basin under Forest Service Travel Management guidelines. Under this proposal, the Forest Service would direct project-specific management activities that include designating routes and areas open to over snow vehicle use; designating areas suitable for groomed over snow vehicle trails; allowing areas for grooming for non-motorized use only; designating locations suitable for snow play; identifying areas suitable for snow plowing; constructing additional winter parking; and identifying changes to opening/closing dates and seasonal designation of motorized roads.

The project also proposes to amend the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Plan to reflect the designation of over snow vehicle areas and trails.

For more information and/or questions on the project, contact Ashley Sibr at 530-543-2615. For requests for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings, contact Adrian Escobedo at 530-543-2758 or email aescobedo02@fs.fed.us.