Forest Service seeks comment on Incline fuels reduction

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is proposing to thin trees and brush on National Forest System lands near Incline, Nev., to reduce wildfire risk and restore forest health. The LTBMU is seeking public input on the Incline Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration project by November 28.

The project area includes 3,927 acres of National Forest System lands on the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe, from the California-Nevada state line to Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park.

The proposed work would provide defensible space for nearby communities while reducing the risk of wildfire and its impacts to commercial, private and public property. The project would also reduce tree density to improve the health of remaining trees and restore vegetation such as aspen, alder, willow and meadow grasses and shrubs by removing encroaching conifer trees.

Work would consist of both hand and mechanical cutting of brush and trees, which would then be removed for biomass, chipped, masticated, or piled for prescribed burning. Piles would be burned approximately one to three years later, once the fuels are dry. Work would begin as early as the fall of 2012 and might take three to five years to complete.

The Proposed Action and a map of the project area are available at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, or online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/InclineFuelsProject. For more information, contact Duncan Leao at (530) 543-2600 or Paul Guarnaccia at (530) 543-2898 or email comments-pacificsouthwest-ltbmu@fs.fed.us using the subject: Incline Project.