Forum puts agencies in front of public |

Forum puts agencies in front of public

Adam Jensen

Representatives from several agencies under increased scrutiny since the Angora fire will be gathered under the same roof to discuss the direction of forest management practices in the Lake Tahoe Basin during a public forum next week.

A panel of speakers has been assembled for the meeting, including John Singlaub, executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Lauri Kemper, division manager for Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board; Terri Marceron, U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit forest supervisor and Rochelle Nason, executive director of League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, as well as representatives from the California Tahoe Conservancy, the city of South Lake Tahoe, basin fire protection agencies, CalFIRE and the Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office of emergency services will also be on the panel, according to Steve Davey, chief of staff for Assemblyman, Ted Gaines.

The assemblyman will moderate the meeting.

“This is an opportunity to for me to listen to the concerns of my constituents and an opportunity to see what is next in terms of reform in forest management practices and defensible space,” Gaines said during a phone interview on Wednesday.

After brief presentations by each member of the panel, the discussion will be open to members of the public.

Comments gathered during the meeting will be presented to the bi-state Blue Ribbon Task Force being developed to investigate the land management practices contributing to the Angora fire, according to Gaines.

Within a week, the assemblyman also expects to introduce a bill providing California homeowners with a $500 tax credit for the implementation of defensible space on their property.

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