The U.S. Forest Service has begun work on the South Shore Fuel Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, according to a Thursday statement from the agency. The project includes thinning of trees and brush on more than 10,000 acres of federal land from Cascade Lake to the Nevada stateline.
Crews are working on Highway 89 near Camp Richardson and plan on moving to areas including Osgood Swamp near Nez Perce Drive and southeast of Sierra Tract near Barbara Avenue in August or September, according to the statement.
Work includes hand thinning and mechanical thinning. Overall thinning and follow-up fuels treatment, including prescribed fire, may take about eight years to complete, according to the statement.
People can expect to see extensive activity in areas selected for treatment, including heavy equipment operation, trucks hauling material, and slash pile creation.
"Forest Health will benefit from this type of large scale treatment and it will reduce the risk of large and severe wildfire in the coming years due to increased defensible space on National Forest System lands and reduced fuel loading" said Forest Supervisor Nancy Gibson in the statement. "Recent thinning and fuels treatment near the Roundhill Pines area provides a good example of what a healthy forest should look like."
Temporary forest closures for public safety will be necessary during the project. Closures will be posted on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit website.
For detailed information on the South Shore project information including a map of treatment areas, visit http://tinyurl.com/southshoreproject.