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Public urged to stay clear of tree-felling operations

As tree-felling operations under the South Shore Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration project move to new areas, the U.S. Forest Service has reminded the public to stay clear of active operations.

“Heavy equipment operators can’t easily see people walking or biking through their operations, so if you’re disregarding posted signs and forest closures, you’re putting your safety at risk,” said Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit forester Duncan Leao, in a statement. “Respecting closures will help us open recreation areas back up more quickly by minimizing interruptions to tree thinning operations.”

Mechanical operations in the Nez Perce Drive area of South Lake Tahoe are nearly complete. The contractor will then move near Fallen Leaf Campground and along Trout Creek, off Pioneer Trail.

Noise from the operations near Fallen Leaf Lake may affect campers, although operations will occur during the daytime only. The work will also limit access to the Moraine Trail and other trails from the campground leading to Fallen Leaf Lake. The Trout Creek work will limit access to the Railroad Grade Trail.

South Shore project activities will continue as conditions allow, including possible over-the-snow operations during the winter.