Conservancy board approves funds, projects
The California Tahoe Conservancy Board on Thursday, Dec. 8, authorized actions to increase public access and preserve sensitive land on the north shore and accepted $6.8 million in federal funds to reduce wildfire risk around communities on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The board awarded $1.2 million in Proposition 1 funds to Placer County to acquire an aged automobile repair shop and associated parking lot at the corner of State Routes 28 and 267 in Kings Beach. Over the next two years, structures and asphalt will be removed and the site will be revegetated and stabilized.
“This acquisition will allow visitors to Kings Beach to be welcomed into the community by open space rather than an aging automobile shop and improve public access to the Griff Creek corridor,” said Larry Sevison, the conservancy’s board chairman and Placer County representative. “It also complements the nearly $2 million in conservancy investments in the Kings Beach Watershed Improvement Project and the recently-completed Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project.
The board also accepted $6.8 million in federal funds for hazardous fuels reduction and wildfire prevention efforts on up to 1,800 acres in high fire risk areas on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Fuel treatments will occur over the next six years and will be implemented on lands owned by state and local jurisdictions as well as large private ownerships.
The board also approved $30,000 to acquire a small environmentally sensitive parcel along Brockway Creek in Kings Beach and authorized a permanent easement to the Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) to facilitate a water tank replacement project in Tahoe City.