Major forest-thinning project at Tahoe approved

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Updated: 4/15/2012 12:56 pm

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has won final approval for a major forest-thinning project designed to reduce the threat of a catastrophic wildfire at Lake Tahoe.

The project, set to begin this summer, calls for the reduction of hazardous fuels over a 10,-000-acre forested area covering much of the California side of the lake's south shore.

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the plan Wednesday night.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports the project has been pending since 2004 — three years before the Angora Fire destroyed more than 250 homes on the south shore.

Plans call for the removal of trees and thinning of brush from Cascade Lake to Nevada's Stateline casino area. Much of the work will take place on Forest Service land near homes.


Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune,


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kdavis52 - 4/15/2012 10:06 AM
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It's about time they figured it out. Not thinning the forest is more devastating when lightning strikes. With it thinned the forest can also breathe and bring more life into it.

sosumenow - 4/14/2012 11:31 PM
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I hope they plan on taking out much of the smaller trees and leaving big older ones, to create a more mature and natural forest that is more fire resistant one than the dense young one we have now. But if the making of any money from this is involved, some one will want to take out the large trees. Please help to protect mature trees so at least future generations can have some of the magnificent huge Jefferies and Ponderosas of yore.

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