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Forest supervisor calls for fewer tree cuts at Heavenly

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron released her decision regarding the Phase 1 projects of Heavenly Mountain Resort’s Master Plan Amendment.

After extensive analysis, she has selected Alternative 5 with three modifications developed during the public review process.

Two of the modifications require less tree-cutting than originally called for in the plan’s environmental impact report on two of the three ski trails to be developed in the resort’s North Bowl.

The third modification will allow Olympic lift to be replaced with a high-speed detachable quad in its current alignment. The environmental impact report originally called for this lift to be replaced by a fixed-grip quad chair lift.

Additional Phase 1 projects:

— Two new gladed trails from the Skyline Trail to the California Trail in the area known as the Skiways;

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— One gladed trail from the top of Powderbowl Express lift to Lower Mombo Trail in the area known as the Powderbowl Trees;

— One connector trail from Lower Orion’s trail to the base of the Dipper Express lift;

— Regrading of Skyline Trail;

— Construction of a new mid-mountain lodge and restaurant near the top of Powderbowl Express lift;

— A skier ramp will be added at the gondola’s top station to facilitate skier and rider flow to the Tamarack Express lift base station;

— Construction of a new system of summer hiking trails between the gondola mid-station, top station, and East Peak. Approximately 2.7 miles of these trails will be groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter.

— Installation of a summer zipline near the top of Tamarack Express lift to near the top of the gondola.

The full record of decision can be viewed at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu.

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