News briefs: Lake Tahoe Basin fuelwood information and more |

News briefs: Lake Tahoe Basin fuelwood information and more


The U.S. Forest Service is providing the recently restored Sardine Lookout on the Sierraville Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest for public use at no charge from June 1 to Oct. 30. The limit per reservation is two nights and one reservation per household during the 2016 season. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. It remains available on a temporary basis to provide a quality recreation experience and to help control random vandalism.

Sardine Lookout is the second lookout available for overnight occupancy on the Sierraville Ranger District. The popular Calpine Lookout is also available on a fee rental basis and reservations can be made through

The Forest Service provides the opportunities to rent these historic structures under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). All new fee proposals are reviewed by a regional citizen’s advisory committee, the California Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RRAC). RRAC members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups and help to ensure public issues and concerns about recreation fees are addressed. The Sardine Lookout is expected to be operational as a rental under the FLREA Program in the spring of 2017.

Access to the lookout requires travel on at least 9 miles of rough dirt roads, so high clearance vehicles are strongly recommended.

To make a reservation for the Sardine Lookout, call the Sierraville Ranger District at 530-994-3401.


The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin the sale of personal use fuelwood permits at the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe on Monday, May 23, and at the North Shore office at 855 Alder Ave. in Incline Village on Wednesday, May 25. Permits cost $20 per cord, with a two-cord minimum purchase and a limit of 10 cords per household.

Permits should be purchased early and wood collected promptly as fire restrictions are likely to go into effect early and there may be days when no cutting is allowed.

Permits have specific conditions and complete information is provided when the permit is issued. Maps to designated cutting areas are provided and must be in the permit holder’s possession along with the valid permit.

The permit is for collection of “down-dead” wood up to a 30-inch maximum diameter in designated fuelwood areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin. “Down-dead” means the tree is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing. Cutting any standing tree, dead or green, is not allowed.

Permit holders must keep vehicles on National Forest System roads. No off-road travel is allowed and permit holders must comply with all permit conditions. Some designated fuelwood areas are only open during specified dates and all areas are subject to closure at any time. For a complete list of forest gate and road opening/closing dates, visit

Permit holders are asked to stay off private property and show courtesy regarding noise or collection activity on National Forest System lands near homes or neighborhoods.

The Forest Supervisor’s Office in South Lake Tahoe is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the North Shore Forest Service office in Incline Village is open Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the South Lake Tahoe office at 530-543-2694, or the Incline Village office at 775-831-0914, or visit


The Honorable Suzanne N. Kingsbury will officiate and swear in the new 2016-17 officers of South Lake Tahoe Cancer League’s Board of Directors at a luncheon meeting Thursday, May 28, at 11:30 a.m. All members and non-members are welcomed to join the group at Cantina Bar & Grill, located at Highway 89 and 10th Street.


The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division recently released its 2016 Community Health Assessment (CHA) for El Dorado County. The CHA is a compilation of new and existing data that provides a comprehensive picture of the health of El Dorado County residents. The public is invited to review and provide comment on the report through May 31.

“This project was a unique collaboration between Public Health, our partners and the community,” said Olivia Byron-Cooper, a program manager and epidemiologist with Public Health. “The CHA process was conducted to increase the understanding of our community’s current health through both specific health indicators and community input on areas of concern. The information in the report has been used to select focus areas and priorities, but will not be finalized until input from the public is considered.”

Members of the public may obtain a copy of the 2016 Community Health Assessment online at or may request a copy by contacting Public Health at 530-621-6267. Questions and/or public comment on the report may be submitted in writing through May 31 at noon, via email at or via mail to El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division, CHA, 931 Spring Street, Placerville, CA 95667.

The Health and Human Services Agency will document and consider all substantive feedback.

“The CHA is part of Public Health’s Community Health Improvement Planning process that encourages collaboration between partners, and provides an opportunity for Public Health and its partners to commit resources to create healthier communities in our County,” Byron-Cooper said.

According to Byron-Cooper, in addition to traditional data that was used to create the CHA, Public Health partnered with the El Dorado County Youth Commission on a data collection project entitled, “Health Through My Eyes (HTME) Photovoice.” Youth who participated in HTME took photographs of what they believe contributes to good and poor health in our community and shared their perspectives through photography and stories. A video featuring the youth narratives can be found at

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