TRPA considers tree limbing fine |

TRPA considers tree limbing fine

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is set to approve a $9,000 fine against two Incline homeowners who cut a window in a tree canopy near a Bidwell Court home last year.

According to TRPA documents, Marlene Sheff had tree limbs removed from three trees on Nevada State Lands property near the property that she and Thomas Atteberry own. The Sheff/Atteberry home is about two miles from the northeast side of Lake Tahoe and has a view of the lake from the back deck of the home looking south.

In March 2007, TRPA officals were looking at a property near Sheff’s home and saw that trees on the lakeward side of the Sheff property had been materially damaged.

Sheff has admitted to and has taken full responsibility for the limb cutting, according to TRPA documents.

Steve Sweet, senior environmental specialist with TRPA, said creating “windows” in tree canopies for a better view is a common offense in Tahoe and other areas with homes that have a scenic view.

“It’s typically done for view enhancement,” Sweet said, adding that Sheff also was looking for a view enhancement.

Sheff and Atteberry will be fined $9,000, $3,000 per tree, and will also have to enact a forest health enhancement plan on their property by Sept. 1.

The TRPA Governing Board is scheduled to approve the fine at today’s meeting at 128 Market St. in Stateline. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.

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