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Forest Service seeks comments on proposed Order

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is accepting comments on the Environmental Assessment for a proposed Forest Order that would require proper storage of food and refuse at developed recreation sites on National Forest System lands in Lake Tahoe Basin.

Bears are attracted to anything edible or scented. Improper storage of human food sources and refuse is a leading cause of human-bear conflict. The proposed Forest Order would require use of bear-resistant dumpsters and food lockers designed to prevent access by wildlife.

Implementation would begin at Fallen Leaf Campground and Meeks Bay Resort due to the high number of human-bear conflicts at these sites. Implementation at additional locations would be prioritized based on the frequency and nature of human-bear conflicts. Requiring proper food and refuse storage is expected to reduce human-bear conflict by reducing the number of bears that become dependent on human food sources.

Comments on the EA will be accepted for until May 30.

The EA is available for viewing at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/FoodStorageOrder.

For more information on the proposal and how to comment, contact Megan Mullowney at 530-543-2651, or email mcmullowney@fs.fed.us.