The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is located in the east central part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit!

[Graphic]: Depicts the location of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in the state of California.Over 78% of the area around the lake is public land managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.  Totaling over 150,000 acres, this land includes beaches, hiking and biking trails, wilderness, historic estates and developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and riding stables.  The forest is managed to provide access for the public and to protect the natural resources of the area.  We hope you will join us in ensuring that the lake and surrounding lands Read More

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Prescribed Fire Interview with Lake Tahoe Television

Crews conduct prescribed fire operations near Christmas Valley

Check out the Lake Tahoe Television interview about prescribed fire with Kyle Jacobson from the U.S. Forest Service.

Conservation Education Report 2015

Forest Service rangers chat with kids about conservation education.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit Conservation Education report for 2015 is now available. The Conservation Education Program works with partners and volunteers to deliver programs to youth, local communuties, formal and non-formal educators and visitors to National Forest Lands. Programs connect people with nature, promote environmental literacy, provide ecological restoration opportunities  and create future land stewards. Follow the link above to view the report.

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2008-2012 Wildlife Survey Summary Report

The 2008-2012 Wildlife Survey Program, Five-Year Summary Report is now available.  Follow the link above to read or download the report.

Kids in a Park Program

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Starting in September, fourth-graders can obtain a pass that grants free entry to students and their parents to federally-managed sites. Visit the link above for more information.


Tips for Hikers and Backpackers

Campers are seen on the far side of mirror-like Grouse Lake.

Whether you are going out for a day hike or an extended backpacking trip follow the safety tips found at the link above to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safety Tips for Visitors to Lake Tahoe

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When visiting the Lake Tahoe Basin, knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. 

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