News briefs: Search and rescue applications; kindergarten registration; 56-Acre meeting; underburn project; federal advisory committee |

News briefs: Search and rescue applications; kindergarten registration; 56-Acre meeting; underburn project; federal advisory committee

Provided to the TribuneDouglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers conduct rope training above Clear Creek in the northern part of the county. The sheriff's office is accepting applications for the team.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team currently is accepting applications.

The Search and Rescue Team consists of 28 members who volunteer their time and efforts toward providing wilderness and snow rescues and searches, water searches and swift-water rescues, assisting during natural disasters and more. Members are prepared to respond at a moment’s notice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Interested applicants must be in good physical condition and demonstrate a cooperative, team- and goal-oriented disposition. Applicants will be screened via a thorough background check conducted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Successful applicants then will attend a four-week academy beginning Monday, March 24.

Training will occur on Mondays and Thursdays for two hours in the evening, plus weekends for six to eight hours on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the training scenario.

Applications should be submitted to the sheriff’s office by the end of February.

Kindergarten registration has begun for all schools in El Dorado County.

If a child will be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2, parents may register the child for kindergarten. The child’s birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residence in the local school district is required.

For more information, parents can contact their local school secretary.

A presentation on the proposed South Lake Tahoe 56-Acre project, including a detailed cost estimate, has been rescheduled.

Representatives of the California Tahoe Conservancy will hear the presentation by CTC project manager Peter Eichar at 10 a.m. March 19 at Lake Tahoe Community College.

The project needs additional funding to continue, and the CTC donated $698,000 for the first phase of the project.

The 56-Acre plan is being developed to enhance the area now housing the city library, recreation center, ice rink, public works department and other public venues in the Rufus Allen Boulevard area.

For more information, call (530) 577-1777.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comment on a proposal to use prescribed underburning to reduce fuels buildup and restore forest health on 3,200 acres on wildland-urban interface lands throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Underburning is the application of fire on the forest floor below an overstory of trees, mimicking the historically common occurrence of low-intensity fire.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit would use prescribed underburning as a follow-up treatment on areas previously thinned to reduce fuels, allowing for prescribed burns to proceed more safely.

Under the proposal, the Forest Service would begin understory burns this spring and continue for five to eight years, burning approximately 400 to 640 acres per year, depending on the number of burn days and the resources available.

Forest Supervisor Terri Marceron plans to move forward with the project as a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act, meaning no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment would be required.

To view the proposal and a map of treatment areas, visit

Comments are due by Feb. 20. They may be submitted via mail or in person to Terri Marceron, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; via fax to (530) 543-2693; or via e-mail to using the subject line “Lake Tahoe Basin Underburning Project.”

Oral comments may be directed to project leader John Washington at (530) 543-2652.

Nominations for people who wish to serve on the 2008-10 Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee (LTFAC) are being accepted by the U.S. Forest Service through Feb. 29.

The committee advises the secretary of agriculture and Lake Tahoe’s Federal Interagency Partnership on coordinating federal programs and funds to achieve the goals of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program.

LTFAC members represent a range of interests in the Lake Tahoe Basin and meet at least four times a year.

The meetings are held during regular business hours and alternate locations between the North Shore and South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Appointments to LTFAC will be made by the secretary of agriculture.

For more information on the nomination process, contact Arla Hains at (530) 543-2773 or send an e-mail request to

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