News briefs: Wild animals, native mussels, U.S. Forest Service plan & more
WILD THINGS PRESENTATION
Join the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and the U. S. Forest Service at Lake at the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater on Friday, Aug. 28, for a fun and educational presentation by Wild Things, Inc. Learn about the animals around the Lake Tahoe area with a live animal presentation!
This live lecture is planned for Taylor Creek Visitor Center’s Lake the Sky Amphitheater at 7 p.m. It is open to the public with a $5 donation to Tahoe Heritage Foundation.
Wild Things, Inc. is a nonprofit that provides homes for displaced wildlife and shares these animals as wildlife ambassadors in a public education form. All the animals housed with Wild Things, Inc. either have injuries that keep them surviving in the wild or animals that individuals attempted to keep as illegal pets. Wild Things, Inc. visits many schools and organizations to send the message of conservation and appreciation for natures wonders.
Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located approximately three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on the lakeside of Highway 89. The Visitor Center entrance is just past the entrance to the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Dogs are permitted only on leash. For more information, visit http://www.tahoeheritage.org or call 530-544-7383.
FOREST SERVICE RELOCATING NATIVE MUSSELS
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is using all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to relocate native freshwater mussels from a section of the Upper Truckee River near the Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe to prepare for diverting the river in 2016 as part of the Upper Truckee River Reach 5 Restoration Project.
Aquatic crews are transporting the mussels using coolers filled with river water and ice. Due to the long distance between some of the existing mussel beds and access roads, crews are using ATVs as needed to transport the mussels to reduce stress the mussels have to endure during relocation activities. The ATV use is limited to only those areas that are farthest from the access roads and existing trails. The temporary ATV use may continue through November, depending on weather and soil conditions. Crews will rehabilitate ATV tracks at the end of the season and a sign will be posted to inform the public that the area is closed to motor vehicles.
Other restoration project activities this year include irrigation and seasoning of the recently constructed stream channel, hauling of rocks to the Sunset Stables staging area and best management practice activities that will prepare the staging area for the winter season. The final phase of the restoration project will resume in 2016.
Source: Cheva Gabor, U.S. Forest Service
AGENCIES SEEK PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON LAND EXCHANGE
The California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC) and the U.S. Forest Service are planning two open houses to present a land exchange concept that would help both agencies manage their holdings in the Lake Tahoe Basin more efficiently. The proposal would transfer Forest Service urban lots to the California Tahoe Conservancy, while conveying some larger CTC parcels to the Forest Service.
“The proposed land exchange would increase the effectiveness of our urban lot program in meeting various environmental and public access goals in the Basin,” said California Tahoe Conservancy Executive Director Patrick Wright.
The South Shore open house will take place Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe City open house will take place Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Tahoe City Public Utility District’s Lakeview Room, 221 Fairview Drive. There will be no formal presentation. Staff members from both agencies will be available to explain the proposal and answer questions.
Under the proposal, the Forest Service and CTC would exchange 1,961 acres. Maps showing areas proposed for exchange are available at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ProposedLandExchange. Language that would authorize this exchange has been included in both the Senate (S. 1724) and House (H.R. 3382) versions of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act reauthorization.