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Agency seeks input on proposed Daggett Summit trail improvements

Rex Norman, Provided to the Tribune

The U.S. Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking comments on a proposal to reroute sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail around Daggett Summit away from paved roads.

“These trail improvements will result in a more enjoyable recreational experience and will provide opportunities for a variety of non-motorized trail opportunities close to Stateline and South Lake Tahoe that are accessible using public transit,” said Garrett Villanueva, Forest Service trail engineer.

The Daggett Summit Project will relocate the existing Daggett area Tahoe Rim Trail from paved streets to forested land, and connect the trail to Van Sickle State Park. This estimated 13-mile project will be completed through a combination of new trail construction, adoption and improvement of existing authorized trails and redesign and rebuild of multiple short sections of user-created trails.

The current routing is unpleasant as a recreational experience and creates potential conflicts between hikers, bikers, equestrians, and local vehicle traffic. Additionally, requests by Nevada State Parks for a link from the new Van Sickle State Park to the Tahoe Rim Trail, and from South Lake Tahoe for additional local hiking opportunities close to the casinos are included in this project.

The Forest Service will host a public open house on Tuesday, Dec.11, 2007, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Emerald Bay Room at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe. The open house will provide an opportunity for those interested to learn more about the project and submit their comments.

The project includes coordination with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Kingsbury General Improvement District, the Washoe Tribe, the City of South Lake Tahoe, the California Tahoe Conservancy, TRPA, Douglas County, Nevada State Lands and Nevada State Parks.

“The Tahoe Rim Trail is very excited to hopefully see the final 3.5 mile section of the TRT that is left on pavement be converted to trail,” said Mark Kimbrough, executive director of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. “This section is very dangerous to use with no sidewalks and very steep for the trail users to pass through the Kingsbury summit area. This project has been in the planning stages for more than 5 years to allow for the best possible route.”

The scoping period is intended to provide those interested in or affected by this project with an opportunity to make their concerns known. A formal comment period will be conducted in the future.

Please send your comments to Garrett Villanueva, Interdisciplinary Team

Leader, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe,

CA 96150.

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, oral, and electronic comments concerning the Daggett Summit Project will be most helpful if they are submitted by Jan. 11, 2008. The office business hours for those providing hand-delivered comments are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Oral comments may be provided during normal business hours via telephone (530) 543-2762 or in person, or at an official agency function (i.e. public meeting) that is designed to elicit public

comments.

Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to

comments-pacificsouthwest-ltbmu@fs.fed.us using subject: Daggett Summit Project.

More information on the Daggett Summit project, including maps, is available at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu/projects.


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