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Timber harvest violation fine to be paid to TRPA

Emily Aughinbaugh

KINGS BEACH – After months of litigation and several talks, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency should soon be paid for permit violations that arose from a timber harvest two years ago in Homewood.

The TRPA Governing Board agreed to a settlement Wednesday in which the Menasha Corporation agreed to pay $65,000 to the TRPA.

Based upon several hours of expert testimony and research, the Governing Board found last March that Menasha had chopped down 49 trees that were above the maximum diameter the company was allowed to cut. The Governing Board also found Menasha had violated its permit in four different areas.

The board recommended a civil penalty of $160,000, which sent the two parties to court.

In November a federal court judge decided the Governing Board’s findings could not be used in the case and the allegations would have to be researched all over again.

In an effort to save both parties time and money, Menasha and the TRPA agreed to a settlement in which Menasha will pay the $65,000 fine and TRPA will ask the charges against the corporation be dropped.

Menasha could not be reached for comment, however the TRPA Governing Board approved the settlement unanimously.

“It’s behind us and we feel good about it,” said Jordan Kahn, TRPA’s assistant agency counsel.

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