California: USFS proposes more Tahoe thinning which may affect future forest health & fires

U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to reduce
hazardous fuels and restore forest health near several communities on
Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. Forest Service officials expect the proposal
to be released later this week and will host two public meetings on
Tuesday, March 31, 2009, to explain the proposal and answer questions.

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Under this project, the Forest Service would treat excess fuels on
National Forest System lands within the wildland-urban interface
(WUI). The Spooner project encompasses the communities of Logan
Shoals, Cave Rock, Skyland and Glenbrook. The LTBMU coordinated with
the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District to identify areas for fuels
reduction that coordinate with the Community Wildfire Protection

The proposal includes mechanical treatment on up to 365 acres, with
materials removed either as sawlogs, or by chipping or masticating,
piling and burning or removal as biomass. Up to 3,025 acres would be
treated by hand using chain saws. In much of this area, the steepness
of the slopes would necessitate crews going back into the unit
multiple times to sufficiently reduce fuels.

Because of this, follow-up prescribed fire treatments may take up to ten years to fully complete, although most of the forest thinning would be finished within 3-5 years. The Forest Service proposes partial treatment of one 75-acre unit through cable yarding, in which logs are fully or partially suspended.

If monitoring results from this type of treatment are favorable, the Forest Service may use this method in other units. All units would receive at least one follow-up prescribed fire treatment. In addition, the proposal calls for restoring aspen on 60 acres by thinning conifers that are encroaching on aspen stands. Comments on the proposal will be accepted for 30-days after the proposal release date. Check the LTBMU website at to obtain the full proposal when it is released or contact Duncan Leao at (530) 543-2600.

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South Shore logging planned too!March 28th, 2009 at 12:13 am

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is ready to accept public comment on a plan to ease wildfire threats on the south shore of Lake Tahoe through logging and thinning projects across more than 10,000 acres of national forest land.

The Forest Service and Lahontan Water Board released the draft environmental document earlier this week for the South Shore Fuel
Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration project.

Agency spokesman Rex Norman says it will include both handheld and mechanical treatments to reduce hazardous fuel loading. He says the notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register next week, which will trigger the formal 45-day comment period.

Forest supervisor Terri Marceron says the project will be one of the agency’s most important for many years to come.

Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory MeetingMarch 28th, 2009 at 11:33 am

Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY: The Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee will hold a
meeting on March 31, 2009 at the U.S. Forest Service Office, 35 College
Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. This Committee, established by the
Secretary of Agriculture on December 15, 1998 (64 FR 2876), is
chartered to provide advice to the Secretary on implementing the terms
of the Federal Interagency Partnership on the Lake Tahoe Region and
other matters raised by the Secretary.

DATES: The meetings will be held March 31, 2009, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
and ending at 12 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Office,
35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

For Further Information or to Request an Accommodation (one week
prior to meeting date) Contact: Aria Hams, Lake Tahoe Basin Management
Unit, Forest Service, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150,
(530) 543-2773.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Items to be covered on the agenda: (1)
Consensus on the Lake Tahoe Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act
(SNPLMA) Round 10 preliminary recommendation for capital projects and
science themes and (2) public hearing.

All Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee meetings are open
to the public. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend at the
above address. Issues may be brought to the attention of the Committee
during the open public comment period at the meeting or by filing
written statements with the secretary for the Committee before or after
the meeting. Please refer any written comments to the Lake Tahoe Basin
Management Unit at the contact address stated above.

Dated: March 20, 2009.
Terri Marceron,
Forest Supervisor.
[FR Doc. E9-6750 Filed 3-25-09; 8:45 am]

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