Comment period closing on Taylor-Tallac restoration plan
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — There are only a couple days left to submit comments on a plan to restore the Taylor and Tallac creek ecosystems.
The U.S. Forest Service has asked for public input on the plan, which among other things seeks to maintain and improve visitor service in those areas located off Highway 89. The comment period ends Friday.
According to the Forest Service, the Taylor-Tallac project site encompasses some of the most heavily visited recreation areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin, including Baldwin Beach, which serves about 2.5 million visitors each summer.
Protected wildlife species and “an important hydrological connection to Lake Tahoe” are also located in the project area, according to a Forest Service press release.
Historically, the Taylor and Tallac channels were connected by a series of four swales that formed a large wetland complex — something the Forest Service hopes to restore by removing culverts impeding water flow, replacing them with crossing structures and recontouring and revegetating swales.
Other components of the plan include stream restoration in Taylor and Tallac creeks, removing sections of the Lucky Baldwin Dam to restore connectivity between Fallen Leaf Lake and Fallen Leaf Dam and modifying flow releases at the dam.
It also proposes to “improve wildlife habitat by eradicating or controlling aquatic invasive species, protecting Tahoe yellow cress through physical barriers, installing nest and perch structures for waterfowl and sensitive raptors, placing bat boxes and planting willows for willow flycatcher,” according to the Forest Service.
Furthermore, several changes are being proposed at Baldwin Beach. For more information on the plan, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TaylorTallac or call Sarah Muskopf at 530-543-2835.
The project is in the initial environmental review process, but comments will be used to further refine the proposal.