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Dialogue continues over Cave Rock

Patrick McCartney

The public may offer their suggestions Thursday on how the U.S. Forest Service should manage Cave Rock at the fourth in a series of meetings on the Tahoe Basin landmark.

Access to the ancient lava plug has been disputed by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California and rock climbers.

While the Forest Service seeks guidance on a management plan, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is considering an application to designate Cave Rock a cultural site under the National Historic Act.

At issue is the contrast in attitudes by the Washoe, who regard the craggy rock as a sacred cultural site, and rock climbers, who prize Cave Rock’s steep slopes and overhang.

Last year, the Forest Service closed Cave Rock to climbers, but relented in the face of a possible legal challenge. In December, the Forest Service issued a modified closure order that allows rock climbing, but prohibits the installation of any new climbing bolts.

The Forest Service hoped that the two sides in the discussion could find some common ground, and are reluctant to end the dialogue unless an impasse is reached.

At a glance:

What: Discussion of the future of Cave Rock

Who: Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service

When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Kahle Community Center’s Rubicon Room

Phone: 573-2671 after 10 a.m. with questions

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