Clinton log and road ban |

Clinton log and road ban

Pres. Bill Clinton is tightening already stringent restrictions regarding the Tahoe Basin’s federal forest lands.

More than 46,000 acres of the three forests that incorporate the basin will be affected by Clinton’s road and logging ban on 58 million acres of national forest across 39 states.

Tina Andolina, a conservation associate from the California Wilderness Coalition, said Clinton’s bans will be mainly an administrative issue for Tahoe’s forests, since commercial construction doesn’t take place there.

“The Tahoe Basin is unique because it’s already highly regulated,” Andolina said. “It will only make more permanent the administrative regulation already in place.”

With the end of his administration just 11 days away, Clinton is pushing the ban as part of the forest plan he initiated in October 1999. Clinton proposed the long-term protection of inventoried roadless areas to protect air and water quality, and biodiversity of the nation’s forests.

“In the final regulations, the nature and degree of protection afforded should reflect the best available science and a careful consideration of the full range of ecological, economic and social values inherent in these lands,” Clinton stated in 1999.

The areas of the Tahoe, El Dorado and Humboldt-Toiyabe national forests in the Tahoe Basin that allow road construction include:

n About 15,600 acres of land around Freel Peak, which abuts land also on the list in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

n About 6,665 acres around East Shore’s Lincoln Creek, the basin’s only eligible parcel in Nevada.

n About 14,500 acres in the Meiss Meadows area of South Shore, which includes the headwaters of the Upper Truckee River.

n About 7,900 acres in a strip bordering Desolation Wilderness.

n About 1,790 acres bordering the Granite Chief Wilderness.

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