Forest Service works to solve problems between snowmobilers, cross-country skiers |

Forest Service works to solve problems between snowmobilers, cross-country skiers

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service is mediating meetings between snowmobilers and cross-country skiers who use Tahoe Meadows recreation area near Mt. Rose. In the past, there has been conflict between the two groups and officials hope to ease tensions.

“We’ve heard from both sides who are looking for solutions,” said Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck.

With 53 percent of the Lake Tahoe Basin already closed to snowmobiles, the Forest Service is hoping to find solutions that don’t involve closing more property to the vehicles. To move the varying groups of backcountry users apart, the Forest Service is considering improving signage and education, and designating different parking areas.

“We think there’s some easy solutions that don’t change where you can or cannot snowmobile,” Heck said.

If successful, the results of the Tahoe Meadows meetings may have repercussions Basin-wide, Heck said.

“We sort of starting with Tahoe Meadows to see if we can find solutions that are successful, and then we’ll spread those to a larger area,” she said.

The meetings have been going well so far, she added.

“The Forest Service is very impressed with the leaders from both groups for being so willing to work together,” Heck said.

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