Matt Dickinson at (530) 543-2769.
COMMENTS SOUGHT FOR HIGH MEADOWS
South Lake Tahoe Calif. The US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin
Unit (LTBMU) is seeking public, agency and organization comments during
public scoping period through April 7, of a proposed action for the
Meadows Area near South Lake Tahoe California.
One of the largest land acquisitions in recent years, High Meadows
exceptionally important watershed and water quality values and nesting
habitat areas for California Spotted Owl and Northern Goshawks. High
Meadows is in the headwaters of Cold Creek and an important watershed
system for Lake Tahoe. Recreation opportunities include excellent
High Meadows, the Star Lake area, Monument Pass and the Tahoe Rim
The proposed action follows extensive resource inventories, analysis
monitoring. It would establish a forest plan land-use designation for
1,790 acre High Meadows area, which was acquired by the forest service
2003. The proposal has three main elements: 1. management area
designation, 2. meadow ecosystem restoration and, 3. Access and Travel
Management (ATM) projects for roads and trails.
Management Area Designation is needed for this recently acquired land,
will describe suitable uses and resource management for High Meadows.
Restoration projects will enhance habitat and address decades of
meadow, forest and streams, including vehicle traffic and cattle
Fuels reduction and forest health projects including prescribed fire,
address lodgepole pine encroachment on meadows.
ATM is a systematic approach to the design and maintenance of roads and
trails that provide recreation opportunities and administrative access
designated forest service roads and trails. The ATM- roads and trails
projects will expand non-motorized access and opportunities,
the character of High Meadows. Some trails would be redesigned to
erosion or to connect to existing trails and destinations. Sections of
user-created trails would be eliminated due to their resource impacts.
miles of road would be decommissioned and five miles of trail converted
A decision on the proposal will be made following an environmental
process and formal public comment period.
The management direction would be compatible with land uses in the
adjacent management areas- the Heavenly, Freel and Tahoe Valley
A public meeting is being offered to explain the proposal and accept or
receive public comment. The meeting will be held on March 27, 2008
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Forest Supervisorâ€™s Office, 35 College
South Lake Tahoe.
Comments on the proposed action will be most helpful if received no
than April 7, 2008. Comments can be provided through the internet at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use subject line:
Meadows Projectâ€ Comments can also be submitted my standard email to:
email@example.com. For more information on this proposal and
providing relevant comment, contact Matt Dickinson at (530) 543-2769.
A complete and detailed description of the proposed action can be
on-line at www.fs.fed.us/r5/ltbmu and click on Projects and Plans, or
through a link on the welcome page. The proposed action may also be
at the Forest Supervisorâ€™s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe
during regular business hours.