NEVADA CITY -- The Tahoe National Forest has reopened many recreational facilities typically open at this time of year and is reinstating timber and stewardship contracts that had been suspended during the federal government shutdown.
Information on specific sites is available by calling the forests headquarters in Nevada City, (530) 265-4531 or ranger districts in Foresthill, (530) 367-2224; Sierraville, (530) 994-3401; Truckee, (530) 587-3558; and Camptonville, (530) 288-3231.
Because strong winds through the end of November are likely to cause unusually dry conditions, those recreating and working in the forest are asked to take extra precautions to reduce human-caused wildfire risk, said forest spokeswoman Gwen Ernst-Ulrich.
Some U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, beaches and trails have reopened in the Tahoe basin, as well if only until the end of the month.
The Forest Services Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has reopened recreation sites that are usually open through the end of October, said spokeswoman Lisa Herron.
Inspiration Point, a popular viewpoint on the east side of Emerald Bay across from the Forest Services Bayview Campground, will be open through mid-November.
Forest Service sites in the basin that usually close in mid-October gated earlier than usual by the shutdown will remain closed, Herron said.
For information on specific Forest Service campgrounds, beaches and trails in the basin, call the forest supervisors office in South Lake Tahoe, (530) 543-2694.