Sierra Club Submits Public Comments for Strong Protections for Lake Tahoe Basin
August 29, 2012
On August 29, Sierra Club and a team of conservation, scientific, recreation and business organizations delivered more than 12,000 public comments, letters and petitions to the U.S. Forest Service in support of strong protections for the forests and watersheds of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
About 5 million people visit Lake Tahoe every year, bringing in more than $1 billion to the local economy. The natural beauty of the landscape — including forests, rivers, and extensive trail systems — is a key economic driver for the area.
The comments were delivered as the Forest Service finished a publiccomment period for a new plan to manage the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, more than 78 percent of the land around the lake. In addition to the public comments from concerned citizens, the groups delivered in-depth, scientific and legal comments on the draft plan.
The draft plan circulated by the Forest Service contains far too many concessions to the timber industry, and insufficient safeguards for the imperiled wildlife which inhabit this crown jewel ecosystem. The Lake Tahoe plan will be the first forest plan revised in the Sierra Nevada and the first to seriously consider the impacts of climate change on the forest. For more information about the plan, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ForestPlanRevision.
Photo Courtesty of Andrea Sanchez 2012
Details and Documents:
Conservationists deliver 12,000 public comments to the Forest Service
August 29, 2012, Sierra Club Press Release
Conservationists deliver public comments to USFS
August 30, 2012, Tahoe Daily Tribune
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