Public input sought on forest road changes |

Public input sought on forest road changes

by Andy Bourelle

While the U.S. Forest Service has received numerous comments concerning the future of its road system, the agency wants to make sure all issues have been addressed.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has scheduled two open houses in March for Lake Tahoe residents to review public comments already received concerning the National Forest Access and Travel Management Plan for the basin.

Lake Tahoe Basin land belonging to the U.S. Forest Service contains 469 miles of roads, ranging from two-lane paved roads to dirt paths negotiable only with four-wheel drive. Forest Service officials are considering an alteration to many of those roads in the next few years – restoring some, destroying some and turning others into hiking and mountain biking trails.

Two meetings were held in December to involve the public, and the comments received from those meetings will be available at the March workshops.

“We have received a lot of comments, and all the areas of concern are going to be shown on (a detailed map of the basin),” said Jeannie Stafford, assistant public affairs officer for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. “We want to see if there are any more concerns that perhaps have been overlooked.”

Information about the Access and Travel Management Plan is available at the Forest Service Web site at or by calling Mike Derrig or Billy Ellis at (530) 573-2600.

Public meetings

What: South Shore meeting

When: March 15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Kahle Community Center, 236 Kingsbury Grade, Stateline

What: North Shore meeting

When: March 16, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: North Tahoe Conference Center, 8318 North Lake Tahoe Blvd., Kings Beach

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