Forest Service to host meetings on proposed Winter Travel Management

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


Comment period deadline extended through Dec. 9, 2019

[Image]: Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host two informational open houses on the proposed Winter Recreation and Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) Travel Management Project for the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The first open house will take place on Nov. 13, 2019, from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Parasol Building, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV  89451. The second open house will be held on Nov. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150. For requests for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings, contact Adrian Escobedo at 530-543-2758 or email aescobedo02@fs.fed.us.

With the holiday season upon us and the importance of giving adequate time for the public to respond, the LTBMU has extended the comment period through Dec. 9, 2019. To review the project, please visit our Forest Projects webpage at https://go.usa.gov/xmgxT. Scroll down and select the “Winter Recreation and Over Snow Vehicle Travel Management” link. The Proposed Action and other supporting documents are on this project webpage under the “Scoping” tab. To comment, follow the “Comment/Object on Project” link under the right-hand column heading “Get connected” and follow the instructions. Electronic comments must be submitted through this comment form on the project website.

In September, the LTBMU released the Proposed Action for the Winter Recreation and Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) Travel Management Project. The Proposed Action was developed based on Forest Service criteria and feedback received from stakeholders during the Forest Plan Revision process, open house meetings and winter recreation collaborative meetings that occurred between 2011 and 2016.

In the fall of 2016, the LTBMU began the process of analyzing areas and trails open to OSV use in the Tahoe Basin under Forest Service Travel Management guidelines (Travel Management, Subpart C [36 CFR Part 212] regulations). Under this proposal, the LTBMU would direct project-specific management activities that include designating routes and areas open to OSV use; designating areas suitable for groomed OSV trails; allowing areas for grooming for non-motorized use only; designating locations suitable for snow play; identifying areas suitable for snow plowing; constructing additional winter parking; and identifying changes to opening/closing dates and seasonal designation of motorized roads. The project also proposes to amend the LTBMU Forest Plan to reflect the designation of OSV areas and trails.

For more information and/or questions on the project, contact Ashley Sibr at 530-543-2615.

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