Invasive species infiltrate and cause harm to and can threaten native aquatic ecosystems, recreational boating and swimming, commercial agriculture and local or regional economies. Aquatic invasive species are introduced and spread by moving boating, fishing or other aquatic recreational equipment that have been in contact with contaminated water-bodies to areas that do not have such species
Before the logging and settlement that began with the Comstock era mining, frequent fires shaped the Lake Tahoe basin forest. Tree ring studies show that fires burned every five to 20 years on average. These lower intensity fires helped create a complex mosaic pattern of towering old-growth conifers and diverse under story plants, thus helping to maintain a healthy ecological balance in the Tahoe Basin. Reintroducing fire into the Lake Tahoe environment will help restore the ecosystem to its pre-settlement condition and function. Follow the link listed above for more information.
Recreational use of the National Forest System has increased in recent decades. Since 1946, the number of visits to the National Forest System has increased 15 to 20 times, to 214 million in 2001. By 2100, the number of Americans is expected to double, and the number of visits to the National Forests is likely to more than double. The Forest Service wants to improve its management by balancing the public's enjoyment of using OHVs with ensuring the best possible care of the land. At the national level, the Forest Service is revising its policy governing the use of wheeled motor vehicles to develop a system of roads, trails and areas designated for motor vehicle use. For more information, follow the link listed above.
The Forest Service initiated the Urban Lot Management Program in 1991 to address management issues on urban intermix parcels acquired through the Santini-Burton Purchase Program. The Forest Service manages these lands with an emphasis on protecting water quality conditions and community open space. Follow the link listed above, for more information.
Prescribed fire projects are designed to reduce wildfire risks to communities and critical resources. Smoke management is part of every prescribed fire burn plan, and efforts will be taken to reduce actual or potential smoke impacts on community areas.