Forest Service reminds public to stay on designated roads

Release Date: Feb 2, 2018  

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Lisa Herron (530) 543-2815


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Resource damage was recently discovered on public land in the meadow near Heavenly Creek.

 

Photo caption:  The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit reminds drivers to stay on designated roads. Resource damage was recently discovered on public land in the meadow near Heavenly Creek, off Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe.  Causing resource damage can result in a citation punishable by a fine of $5,000 or more and/or six months in jail.  The Forest Service will continue to monitor areas throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin for compliance to protect natural resources.  Photo credit:  Paul Potts, U.S. Forest Service.

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The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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