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Forest Service evaluates Tahoe rivers for federal protection, holding webinar

Tribune staff report

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is holding a webinar on March 31 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss the process of including rivers into the National Wild and Scenic River system, as the agency evaluates rivers that may be eligible. Since 1968, selected rivers that possess “outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values” have been protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. LTBMU is looking at rivers that may fit that description. The webinar will include a brief presentation of the overall evaluation process for inclusion into the Wild and Scenic River system, the procedure used to inventory the rivers in the Lake Tahoe Basin and the “outstanding remarkable values” that would be used to determine eligibility. A question-and-answer session will follow, and the LTBMU said it encourages public comment for the process. Accessing the webinar requires Microsoft Office Live Meeting and can be installed for free at http://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/join?id=CJ5PRC&role=attend and following the installation prompts. To connect to the audio portion of the webinar, call (888) 844-9904. The participant code is 8683968. For reasonable accommodation access, email aescobedo@fs.fed.us. The draft Wild and Scenic Rivers Study is available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ForestPlanRevision. Comments are most helpful if received by April 10, according to LTBMU and may be submitted to comments-pacificsouthwest-ltbmu@fs.fed.us, using the subject line “Wild and Scenic.” For more information, contact Mike LeFevre at (530) 543-2840 or mlefevre@fs.fed.us.


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