Agencies seek public input on Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, California Tahoe Conservancy and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have teamed up on the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project and are seeking public input on the project which will restore forests, meadows, streams and wildlife habitat.
The West Shore landscape is vulnerable to high-severity wildfire, drought, climate change, and forest insect and disease outbreaks. The project will use different techniques, including forest thinning, prescribed burning, reforestation, and habitat restoration in streams, meadows, lakes and forests, to improve the landscape’s resilience to future disturbances.
“The Forest Service and our partners are eager to move forward with the public in this significant landscape-scale restoration strategy,” said Acting Forest Supervisor, Danelle D. Harrison in a press release. “Lake Tahoe West serves as a turning point in the way land managers think about restoration projects that increase the pace and scale of forest restoration needed to protect our communities and Lake Tahoe.”
The project is based on the comprehensive Landscape Restoration Strategy developed by the Lake Tahoe West Restoration Partnership in 2019 to provide a science-based, all-lands approach to guide restoration approaches on the West Shore over the next two decades to increase resilience of ecosystems and human communities.
Not only will the project improve forest health, protect and enhance habitat for native plants and animals and protect lake clarity but it will reduce wildfire risks to communities.
The project area covers approximately 59,000 acres in the western portion of the Lake Tahoe Basin and consists of federal, state, local, and private lands. The Lake Tahoe West Restoration Project will more than double the amount of forest restoration conducted each year on the West Shore.
The project is on the LTBMU’s Projects webpage . Scroll down to “Developing Proposal” and select the “Lake Tahoe West” link. To review the Scoping Notice / Notice of Preparation on the “Lake Tahoe West” project webpage under Project Documents, select the “Scoping” tab.
To Comment: On the “Lake Tahoe West” project webpage and under the right-hand column heading “Get Connected,” select the “Comment / Object on Project” link. Comments must be submitted or posted by 11:59 p.m. on May 11.
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