Public input sought on Meeks Creek Meadow plan

Published: Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013 - 1:39 pm

A 30-day public comment period starts today on a proposal to restore the ecosystem for Meeks Creek Meadow on Lake Tahoe's western shore.

The project by the U.S. Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit aims to restore 300 acres of meadow habitat and provide for diverse wildlife habitat, among other things.

Due to a combination of factors, including fire suppression, changes in grazing practices, and changing climate, areas of Meeks Meadow have become overgrown with dense conifers, the Basin Management Unit reported.

Among the proposals are removal of encroaching trees and the reintroduction of fire to restore the meadow's ecological and hydrological function.

The work will require a two-week closure of a forest road to the Desolation Wilderness trailhead.

Comments may be submitted online to: comments-pacificsouthwest-ltbmu@fs.fed.us.

For more information, call Sarah Muskopf at (530) 543-2835. Or visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/MeeksMeadow.

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