Forest thinning begins on North Shore of Lake Tahoe
Release Date: Jun 17, 2014
Contact(s): Public Affairs, Cheva Gabor (530) 543-2608, or Lisa Herron (530) 543-2815
Closure protects public safety during operations
South Lake Tahoe, Calif. –Thinning of trees for fuels reduction and forest health begins this week on approximately 340 acres of National Forest System lands on the east side of Brockway Summit north of Speckled Avenue near Kings Beach. The Forest Service will close the area beginning June 17, 2014, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily through October 15, 2014, for public safety due to heavy equipment operations and falling trees. The closure notice and map will be posted in the project area along with signs to indicate the location of thinning operations. Hazards may be present even when operations have ended for the day and the closure is not in effect. Individuals disregarding the closure order may be cited, with subsequent fines and jail time.
The forest thinning is part of the Carnelian Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project, which will treat approximately 3,330 acres on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe to reduce the risk of severe wildfire, improve forest health, and provide defensible space to neighboring communities.
For more information, including the closure order and map showing units 1, 3, and 4, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/CarnelianProject.