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Committee to advise feds on basin work

Gregory Crofton

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appointed 20 people to a committee to help federal agencies prioritize their work in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Applications for a seat on the committee, established in 1997, are accepted every two years and committee members are chosen from different segments of the community.

The newly seated Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee includes: Frances Julian, education; Rochelle Nason, environment; Ruben Mejia, gaming; Michael Berg, labor; Ken Grehm, local government/California; Tim Smith, local government/Nevada; Stephen Morales and Harold Singer, members at large; Michael Donahoe, national environmental; Cindy Gustafson, North Shore economics and recreation; Catherine Colvin, property rights; Eric Mart, resort associations; John Tracy, science and research; Andrew Bray, ski resorts; Andrew Strain, South Shore economics and recreation; Dennis Machida, state of California; Pam Wilcox, state of Nevada; Stephen Teshara, transportation; John Singlaub, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Brian Wallace, Washoe tribe.

The committee’s job got larger when legislation became law in November that allows Tahoe to receive $37.5 million a year for eight years to fund environmental improvement projects around the lake. The money is generated from a program called Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, which creates revenue through the sale of federal land outside of Las Vegas.

“We’ve always gotten budget recommendations from the committee,” said Jeanie Stafford, coordinator of the Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Forest Service. “However their input will directly effect the projects that will be funded through the (Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act) process.”

The chairman or chairwoman of the Federal Advisory Committee will be selected by Forest Supervisor Maribeth Gustafson when the committee has its first meeting on Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. The meetings are open to the public.