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Carnelian Fuels Reduction Project to Begin on North Shore

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From the U.S. Forest Service:

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin implementation of the Carnelian Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project as early as May 5, 2014. The project will thin trees and brush on National Forest System lands on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe to reduce the risk of severe wildfire, improve forest health, and provide defensible space to neighboring communities. 

The project area includes approximately 3,297 acres adjacent to the communities of Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, Cedar Flat, Lake Forest, and Tahoe City. Thinning methods include hand thinning, which is done by crews with chainsaws and involves piling the material for burning at a later time, cut-to-length (CTL) thinning, which cuts the tree down, cuts the tree into sections in the cutting area, and then removes the tree and as much material as possible, and whole tree removal, in which the whole tree is cut and moved to the landing for processing. CTL and whole tree removal require the area to be closed during operations due to the hazards posed by heavy equipment operation and falling trees, while hand thinning generally does not require the area to be closed.

The first units scheduled for treatment are located on the east side of Brockway Summit near Kings Beach, north of Speckled Avenue. 

Approximately 310 acres will be thinned in these areas using CTL equipment. The Forest Service will issue a Forest Order to officially close these areas during active operations. Work may take approximately three months to complete. Work will not occur on Memorial Day Weekend. 

The Forest Service will provide periodic updates as work moves to new areas and will post closure orders for mechanical work at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/ForestOrders.

Depending on funding and contractor availability, the entire project may take seven to 10 years to complete.  For general information on the project, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/CarnelianProject.

From the U.S. Forest Service
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