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Forest plan meetings next month

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The U.S. Forest Service invites the public to continue planning the future of national forest lands in the Tahoe Basin at two workshops focused on forest health.

The first workshop, scheduled Monday, will focus on balancing forest health and wildlife habitat issues. The second on Nov. 12 will focus on balancing forest health with soil, air and water quality and conditions in stream environment zones.

The public workshops continue public input on the forest plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The topics were developed based on input from the first two public meetings in September. Forest health, including fuels reduction, was a major issue at the South Shore meeting.

Each workshop will begin with a background presentation on the topic area, followed by an opportunity for questions. The second half of the workshops will be a facilitated discussion on forest management strategies.

Each workshop will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Emerald Bay Room at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive. Light refreshments will be served.

The final workshop for this phase of public participation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village and will focus on balancing recreational opportunities.

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Nearly 80 percent of the basin is managed by the Forest Service. The forest plan provides overall direction for these lands. The current plan is 20 years old. While much of it still is relevant, several areas require updating to reflect current conditions and policies, new science and changing technologies. The Forest Service has identified ecosystem restoration, recreation management, land use and planning, and adaptive management as among the areas requiring revision. More information is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/forest-plan.

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