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Spooner Lake, Tahoe Rim Trail to close for forest health project

The Spooner Lake back country will be closed for a forest health project.

With dense vegetation spanning over 300 acres, the scenic Spooner Lake portion of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is increasingly susceptible to environmental disturbances threatening the health of the Tahoe Basin, according to a press release.

As such, the Nevada Division of Forestry, in collaboration with the Nevada Division of State Parks and Nevada Division of State Lands are working together to implement a forest health resilience project at Spooner Lake within the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

Designed to increase the forest’s resilience to disturbance events such as wildfires, epidemic populations of bark beetles, and drought, this vital project includes the selective removal of trees, which will be flown by helicopter to a log landing and transported out of the Tahoe Basin.

While the project is underway, portions of the Spooner Lake Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail will be closed temporarily for public safety. Alternate trail routes are available in the park; please refer to the map for more details.

“As a natural wonder beloved by Nevada residents and visitors alike, protecting and enhancing Spooner Lake’s vibrant natural surroundings remain a top priority among numerous federal, state, local, and private partners,” Bradley Crowell, director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said in the press release. “By implementing forward-looking strategies, together with our partners, we will continue protecting Lake Tahoe from threats to the ecosystem.”

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For questions on recreational access during the project implementation, please contact Jennifer Ramella at 775-684-2704. You may also visit parks.nv.gov for more information about the Spooner Lake portion of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.