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Trail access hot topic for former Sunset Stables

Amanda Fehd

Recreation advocates had several questions Tuesday night about what might happen to trails on a large stretch of land south of the Lake Tahoe Airport frequented by cyclists, walkers and snowmobiles.

The California Tahoe Conservancy is in the initial stages of planning how to manage and restore the 189-acre area formerly owned by Sunset Stables. The state agency has several multimillion-dollar projects under way to restore the largest tributary to Lake Tahoe. The Upper Truckee River is thought to be largest source of sediment clouding Lake Tahoe’s waters.

The agency is also backing several bike trail projects in South Lake Tahoe. The master plan for the Greenway bike trail connecting Meyers to Stateline is expected sometime next week.



The original Greenway project called for a paved bike trail through the Sunset Stables property, but the agency is looking at alternate routes such as placing it closer to Pioneer Trail, according Joe Pepi, who is heading up the Sunset Stables management.

Representatives from the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition were curious about what would happen to established bike trails in the area.



Pepi said they would like to consolidate repetitive trails and discourage use of some areas.

Twenty-year resident Mary Hart wanted to know whether formal parking areas would be established in surrounding neighborhoods.

“Our goal would be to maintain access for everyone to use it, but not to formalize access points,” said Scott Carol with the Conservancy.

Others asked whether snowmobiling would continue to be allowed in the meadow.

“It’s not something that we are looking to encourage out there,” Pepi said. “It would bring some real issues for us on our property, not something we will try to accommodate in the project area.”

The Conservancy’s mission is to “preserve, protect, restore, enhance and sustain the unique and significant natural resources and recreational opportunities of the Lake Tahoe Basin,” according to its Web site at http://www.tahoecons.ca.gov.


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