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Forest Service meeting will discuss plans for Fallen Leaf Lake trails

By ThisIsReno

South Lake Tahoe, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host a meeting to explain answer questions about its plan for trails in the Fallen Leaf Lake area. The Fallen Leaf Lake Access and Travel Management Plan seeks to improve the recreation experience for residents and visitors, while protecting its natural, cultural and historic resources. LTBMU is asking for public input on the plan and alternatives developed in response to public comment.

Under the plan, the LTBMU would expand and improve public parking and access and install water quality best management practices (BMPs) at existing and proposed parking sites. The project would improve the trail system to provide access to popular destinations, while reducing congestion and user conflict. Many trails would receive BMP upgrades to meet current Forest Service standards, while others are proposed for decommissioning. A primary difference among the six alternatives is how they would address the existing bridge over Fallen Leaf Lake dam and the Taylor Creek stream crossings, the issue that drew the most public comment.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Staff will explain the current preferred alternative and additional alternatives, discuss how the Forest Service addressed public comment received during public scoping and answer questions.

The draft environmental assessment will be available for review on the LTBMU’s website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/FallenLeafLakeATM or by visiting or calling the Forest Supervisor’s Office at (530) 543-2694. The Forest Service will accept comments through Friday, October 12, 2012. For requests for reasonable accommodation for the public meeting, please contact Adrian Escobedo, Forest Civil Rights Officer, for further information at (530) 543-2758 or [email protected].

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