Public can ski with a ranger at Heavenly, learn about water, land issues

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 - 8:31 am

U.S. Forest Service officials are offering the public a chance to "ski with a ranger" at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

The program allows skiers to learn about Lake Tahoe's natural history, including wildlife, forest health and area cultural history.

Participants will also learn about watershed-management issues at Heavenly, which operates on Forest Service land under a long-term recreational lease.

Skiers will learn about the role of the Forest Service in ski area management. That includes controlling erosion that is suspected of contributing to the decline of water quality in Lake Tahoe.

"We discuss the watershed health and various projects that Heavenly and the Forest Service are involved in to increase the health of the watershed," said Megan Dee, conservation education assistant at the Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

The hourlong program is offered Mondays and Fridays, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., from this Friday through April 12. Tours begin near the bottom of the stairs at the top of the Heavenly Gondola.

No reservations are required. Participants must purchase their own lift tickets and be intermediate-level or above skiers or snowboarders.

For information, contact Megan Dee at (530) 543-2618 or mldee@fs.fed.us, or visit: ht.ly/gE2iA.

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