The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is located in the east central part of California.
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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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Native Species Festival May 30, 2015

California Spotted Owl

The sixth annual Native Species Festival will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, located three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. This free family event is a great way to spend the day outdoors and learn about native species of the Lake Tahoe Basin.  Activities include guided walks, a training on how to identify and remove invasive plants, a guided nature walk for dog owners, food, music and more. Visit the link above for more details. 

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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Camping Safety and Tips

The U.S. Forest Service has camp sites available for all recreationists.

Whether you're roughing it in a tent at a campground or in the back country, there are many ways to make sure your experience is fun and safe. Visit the link above to learn more.

Safety Tips for Visitors to Lake Tahoe

A food storage locker sits in a campground next to a picnic table.

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. Visit the link above to read more.


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.

A year round fire season?

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

Not long ago, the Forest Service considered wildfire primarily a summer problem. But climate change has turned fire season into a year-round issue. Follow the link above to read more.

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