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January 28, 2012
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Forest Service works to solve problems between Tahoe snowmobilers, XC skiers

LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service is mediating meetings between snowmobilers and cross-country skiers who use Tahoe Meadows recreation area just north of Incline Village.

In the past, there has been conflict between the groups over use of the area, and officials hope to ease tensions.

“We’ve heard from both sides who are looking for solutions,” said Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck.

With 53 percent of the Lake Tahoe Basin already closed to snowmobiles, the Forest Service is hoping to find solutions that don’t involve closing more property to the vehicles.

To move the varying groups of backcountry users apart, the Forest Service is considering improving signage and education, and designating different parking areas.

“We think there’s some easy solutions that don’t change where you can or cannot snowmobile,” Heck said.

If successful, results of the Tahoe Meadows meetings may have repercussions basin-wide, Heck said.

“We’re sort of starting with Tahoe Meadows to see if we can find solutions that are successful, and then we’ll spread those to a larger area,” she said.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 28, 2012 05:22PM Published Jan 28, 2012 05:17PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.