TRPA postpones public land use discussion |

TRPA postpones public land use discussion

Matthew Renda

STATELINE – By postponing a discussion-intensive agenda item, the federal Lake Tahoe governing agency figures to have a relatively light menu for its upcoming governing board meeting.

Due to a staff member’s personal matters, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board will not discuss public land use relating to the Regional Plan Update at Wednesday’s meeting.

TRPA Spokesman Dennis Oliver said the issue is “extremely important” as it provides the fundamental zoning ordinances for how land is to be used in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“It provides a blueprint for the future of Tahoe,” said Oliver, adding that the matter will be discussed next month when the full staff is able to attend.

The postponement means the governing board will turn its focus on the Tahoe Science Program, featuring Executive Director of the Tahoe Science Consortium Zach Hymanson.

Hymanson helped organize the 5th Biennial Lake Tahoe Basin Science Conference March 16-17 in Incline Village, an event attended by scientists from across the nation that focused on issues such as climate change, forest fuels management, lake clarity, invasive species and the effects of forest fire.

Hymanson will share results of the studies discussed at the conference and what the conclusions mean for TRPA’s continued effort to oversee the environmental well-being of the basin.

“Scientific input is completely essential to the operation of the TRPA,” Oliver said. “The decisions we make and the programs we implement are driven by science. The better the science, the more informed policy decision (the agency) is able to make.”

In keeping with the environmental science theme of Wednesday’s meeting, Ted Thayer, manager of TRPA’s Aquatic Invasive Species Program, will give an update regarding the various species threatening the lake and its surrounding tributaries.

Thayer’s talk will bring board members up to speed regarding current non-native species that pose a threat to the ecological balance of the basin, while also discussing techniques designed to prevent aggressive species such as quagga and zebra mussels from entering the lake.

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