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Forest Service holds workshops

Andy Bourelle

For residents concerned about the future of the Sierra Nevada, the U.S. Forest Service wants them to do two things.

First, residents are encouraged to review two recent reports produced by the forest service, one focusing on recent scientific work in the Sierra Nevada and the other addressing current forest service management.

Second, if residents feel they have something to add, they are encouraged to attend three community workshops scheduled to be held in September and October at Lake Tahoe and Carson City.

“Basically, we are asking the public two questions at this point in the planning process,” said Hal Salwasser, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station director. “We want to know if people can identify scientific information that would either add to, or cause to modify, the issues or findings in the science review.

“And we are asking, in light of the science review and other new information, what changes people would suggest for management on those national forests.”

The information in the reports, as well as public input from several workshops throughout the Sierra Nevada, will be used to plan for the future of the 10 forests comprising the California’s defining mountain range.

The first document, the Sierra Nevada Science Review, is a synthesis of recent scientific information related to the broad range of ecosystem issues considered important by the forest service. The other report, the Sierra Nevada Framework for Conservation and Collaboration, addresses the current management of the forest service.

“The forest service wants to learn from those who live and work near the National Forest, as local residents will be most affected by future forest management activities,” said Linda Massey, public information officer of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “The community workshops provide a local forum for people to make their voices heard.”

The forests of the Sierra include the Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, Tahoe, Eldorado, Stanislaus, Sierra, Sequoia, Inyo as well as the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, which is considered a national forest in these reports.

Both documents are available for viewing on the Internet: http://www.psw.fs.fed.us/sierra for the Sierra Nevada Science Review and http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/ for the management direction.

Copies of the reports also can be obtained by contacting Lisa O’Daly, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit community planner, at (530) 573-2669.

Community workshops for public input regarding the management directions for the National Forests in the Sierra Nevada

n Sept. 29; 1 to 4 p.m.

California Regional Water Quality Control Board (Lahontan) Building

2501 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

South Lake Tahoe

(Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Lake Tahoe Transportation and Water Quality Coalition meeting)

Oct. 6; formal workshop, 2 to 5 p.m.; drop-in workshop, 5 to 7 p.m.

Lakeview Room, Fairway Community Center

330 Fairway Drive

Tahoe City

Oct. 8; formal workshop, 2 to 5 p.m.; drop-in workshop, 5 to 7 p.m.

Western Nevada Community College

2201 West College Parkway

Carson City

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