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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Forest Service seeking comment on meadow restoration project

Project location map for Restoration of Fire Adapted Ecosystems

The Forest Service is seeking public input on the Restoration of Fire Adapted Ecosystems project. Under the proposal, six impaired meadows in the Lake Tahoe Basin would be restored using a combination of tree removal, prescribed fire, stream channel repair, planting of vegetation and rerouting trails. Comments will be accepted for 30 calendar days following the publication of the opportunity to comment legal notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune on January 7, 2015, calculated to be February 6, 2015. For more information, visit the link above. 

Ski with a Ranger begins at Heavenly Mountain Resort

Ranger Megan chats with a group of skiers at Heavenly Mountain Resort during Ski with a Ranger.

The Forest Service invites you to Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort beginning Friday, January 16, 2015.  Tours begin at the top of the gondola at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday.  Spanish Ski with a Ranger returns Friday, February 20, 2015, with tours offered every Friday at 10:30 a.m.  Both programs last approximately one-hour and continue through April 10, 2015, weather permitting. Follow the link above to read more.

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2015 Winter Trek 5th Grade Program

Color photo of two lines of kids heading out into the snow covered forest on their snowshoes.

Winter Trek began Tuesday, January 6, 2015, and continues through March 26, 2015, weather permitting. For more information on Winter Trek, visit the link above.

Movie celebrates the Pacific Crest Trail

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Millions of people are hearing about the Pacific Crest Trail through Cheryl Strayed and the movie "WILD." Watch the promo video and learn more at the link above.


Can your ashes campaign!

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Fireplace or woodstove embers can remain hot enough to kindle a fire for days. To learn how to properly dispose of fireplace, wood stove or barbecue ashes, visit the link above.  

Learn the signs of hypothermia

A cross country skier navigates through a snowy forest.

When exposed to extreme cold, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce. Learn more about how to prevent hypothermia by visiting the link above.

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