Tahoe tree cutting results in $30,000 fine
RENO – A California-based company has been fined $30,000 for the illegal cutting of seven pines on state property on Lake Tahoe’s north shore in order to enhance views of the lake.
The fines were included under negotiated settlements approved by the the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board last week. It is the latest in a string of about 50 such cases over the past decade involving violations of TRPA regulations forbidding the removal of trees or limbs to improve Tahoe views, agency spokesman Dennis Oliver said.
Avion Inc., based in Sacramento, was slapped with the fine after being accused of girdling, removing limbs or topping seven Jeffrey pines on California Tahoe Conservancy land adjacent to a Kings Beach home it owns.
The fine helps settle a lawsuit filed by the TRPA against Avion, Oliver said. Under the settlement, neither side can publicly discuss details, and nothing shall be construed as an admission of any kind.