Comments sought on aspen plan
April 2, 2009
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking additional public input on a proposal to restore more than 2,000 acres of aspen stands in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The Forest Service has made several changes to the proposal since it was first released in September ” including an expansion of the project from 1,115 acres to 2,391 acres, a clarification of procedures for removing large trees, conditions for the use of mechanical treatments, and operations in stream environment zones ” Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck said in a statement.
Another change adds pile burning as an option for removing debris from areas where other removal methods are not feasible, Heck said.
Treatments would include mechanical or hand-thinning of conifers, aspen removal to promote stand regeneration and prescribed fire.
Aspen stands provide important habitat for many plant and animal species, but make up only 2 percent of federal land in the basin.
Conifer encroachment due to the absence of wildfire threatens these stands because conifers can suppress the water table and out-compete aspen trees, Heck said.
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Comments on the project will be accepted through May 2.
The complete project description is available at: http://www.fs.fed.us.r5/ltbmu/projects.
For more information, contact project leader Victor Lyon at (503) 543-2749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.