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


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[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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A year round fire season?

A pine burns with snow on the ground on the Boise National Forest

There was a time when fire season for Western states meant only certain months out of the year. Not so long ago the U.S. Forest Service considered it primarily a summer problem with a few regions breaking the trend in early spring and late fall. But climate change, according to most wildland fire experts, has turned fire season into a year-round issue. Follow the link above to read more.

In the wake of the Rim Fire, what comes next?

Current restoration goals include thinning and using fire as a management tool to reduce fuel loads.

Like a phoenix rising from ashes, blackened portions of the Stanislaus National Forest, which were left by the Rim Fire that blazed through the Sierras in August of 2013, have begun to spring to life. Left with a burn scar that is one-third larger than New York City, a reforestation team is diligently working to bring forth a new forest. Follow the link above to read more. 

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Tahoe Recreation Sites Open Early

Visitors take in the view while standing on the bridge above Taylor Creek.

Some Tahoe recreation sites are already open and others will open early for the 2015 season. Until sites officially open, be sure to pack out all trash. Follow the link above to read more.

Tusayan Ranger District achieves goal of zero human-caused fires

Fire prevention specialist Bob Blasi works to contain a small wildfire on Tusayan Ranger District.

Over 90 percent of wildfires in the Tahoe Basin are human-caused. Follow the link above to read how a district of the Kaibab National Forest achieved a goal of zero human-caused wildfires.


How does wildlife respond when forest management helps to reduce wildfire risk?

Challenges of reducing wildfire risk while maintaining habitat for sensitive species.

Forest managers face difficult choices when it comes to reducing wildfire hazards while maintaining wildlife habitat in dramatically changed forests. Follow link above to read more. 

The Power of One Tree

The Ponderosa Pine can grow to heights of over 200 feet.

The Forest Service would like folks to ask themselves: Do I really know how much trees contribute to my daily life? Follow the link above to find out. 

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