U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit News, photos and updates from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
The USDA Forest Service manages a system of 155 national forests, 20 national grasslands, and 222 research and experimental forests, as well as other special areas, covering more than 192 million acres of public land. The Forest Service has evolved into a 30,000 employee agency that manages the national forests for a number of multiple uses, including recreation, timber, wilderness, minerals, water, grazing, fish, and wildlife.
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Over 78% of the area around the lake is public land managed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. Totaling over 150,000 acres, this land includes beaches, hiking and biking trails, wilderness, historic estates and developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and riding stables. The forest is managed to provide access for the public and to protect the natural resources of the area. We hope you will join us in ensuring that the lake and surrounding lands remain as beautiful and undisturbed as possible.

Mission: The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Forest Service will host an open house this afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor's office in South Lake T...
02/20/2020

Forest Service will host an open house this afternoon from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor's office in South Lake Tahoe to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xdXtk.

Photo courtesy of the Mt. Democrat, Placerville, CA.

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Forest Service will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to provide information and seek p...
02/20/2020

Forest Service will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications.

The open house will take place in the Emerald Bay Room at the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. The public may arrive anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. and visit informational stations, talk with staff and ask questions.

Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xdXtk.

Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo's
California Off-Road Vehicle Association
Off Road Tahoe
Tahoe Four Wheel Drive
Tahoe Donner 4 Wheelers

Important reminder from our Desolation Wilderness volunteers! Please remember, Congress passed the 1964 Wilderness Act i...
02/20/2020

Important reminder from our Desolation Wilderness volunteers!

Please remember, Congress passed the 1964 Wilderness Act in order to preserve and protect certain lands “in their natural condition” and thus “secure for present and future generations the benefits of wilderness.”

Bikes are not allowed in Desolation to preserve the undeveloped character of our beautiful Desolation Wilderness. #DesoWild

How would you like to spend the summer camping on your National Forest lands? Our neighbors on the U.S. Forest Service-P...
02/20/2020

How would you like to spend the summer camping on your National Forest lands? Our neighbors on the U.S. Forest Service-Plumas National Forest are looking for campground hosts for the 2020 camping season!

Grab your sweetie and that cool marshmallow RV and hit the road. You'll be here in time to set up Host Camp at Little Grass Valley or Sly Creek Reservoir Campground. Ahhhhhh, there's nothing like serving the public. The views of the #PlumasNF are fabulous.

South Lake Tahoe Forest Service OfficeWow, what a difference a year makes! Check out this photo from Feb 19, 2019, compa...
02/19/2020

South Lake Tahoe Forest Service Office
Wow, what a difference a year makes! Check out this photo from Feb 19, 2019, compared to conditions today, Feb 19, 2020. We all need to put on our snow dancing shoes!!

Great free opportunity to learn about wildflowers of the Tahoe Basin!
02/19/2020

Great free opportunity to learn about wildflowers of the Tahoe Basin!

At 6pm tonight, the South Lake Tahoe Library will host a presentation on Bob Sweatt’s amazing flowers found last year during the Tahoe Wildflower Big Year (TWBY).

He will share his secrets of discovery as well as experiences leading to over 700 plant species that make the Tahoe region their home. This presentation will prepare you for all that Spring has to offer.

Free and open to all. See you there!!

Happy Presidents Day! From everyone at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
02/17/2020

Happy Presidents Day! From everyone at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

The Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in observance of Presidents Day. ...
02/17/2020

The Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

“We encourage anyone interested in off-highway vehicle recreation to join us for this event,” said LTBMU Trails Engineer...
02/16/2020

“We encourage anyone interested in off-highway vehicle recreation to join us for this event,” said LTBMU Trails Engineer, Jacob Quinn. “Participants can learn about the outstanding off-highway vehicle opportunities in the Lake Tahoe Basin and how these grants support the operations and maintenance of our off-highway vehicle programs.”

The Forest Service will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications. Read more at https://go.usa.gov/xdXtk.

Photo courtesy of the Mt. Democrat, Placerville, CA.

Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo's
California Off-Road Vehicle Association
Off Road Tahoe
Tahoe Four Wheel Drive
Tahoe Donner 4 Wheelers

#DidYouKnow? On February 14, 1844, explorers John C. Fremont and Charles Preuss climbed the dividing ridge of the Sierra...
02/14/2020

#DidYouKnow?

On February 14, 1844, explorers John C. Fremont and Charles Preuss climbed the dividing ridge of the Sierra crest where they first "discovered" Lake Tahoe, about 20 miles to the north.

"With Mr. Preuss, I ascended today the highest peak to the right [Red Lake Peak]; from which we had a beautiful view of a mountain lake at our feet, about 15 miles in length, and so entirely surrounded by mountains that we could not discover an outlet," wrote John C. Fremont.

Of course, we now know the indigenous Washoe Tribe had already been here for thousands of years prior and their territory surrounded this beautiful mountain lake.

Fremont later wrote: "Scenery and weather combined must render these mountains beautiful in summer; the purity and deep-blue color of the sky are singularly beautiful; the days are sunny and bright, and even warm in the noon hours; and if we could be free from the many anxieties that oppress us, even now we would be delighted here; but our provisions are getting fearfully scant."

~John C. Fremont quotes from Fremont's “Discovery” of Lake Tahoe in 1844 by Mark McLaughlin. Read more about the adventures that led Fremont and his companions to be the first Euro-Americans to document this magnificent lake at https://www.sierracollege.edu/ejournals/jsnhb/v6n2/tahoe.html.

-John C. Frémont, portrait, younger: Lithograph by Francis D'Avignon, after Mathew Brady photograph, c. 1860, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."~ Vincent Van Gogh ❤️Happy Valentines Day from all of us at ...
02/14/2020

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."
~ Vincent Van Gogh ❤️

Happy Valentines Day from all of us at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit!

#ValentinesDay2020 #HappyValentinesDay #ForestLove

#ValentinesDay2020
02/14/2020

#ValentinesDay2020

Happy Valentine’s Day to our one true LOVE ❤️!!!

Our real ride or die...

We donut need a Valentine!

Love you BAE 🥰😘

We ❤️ Smokey Bear! #HappyValentinesDay
02/14/2020

We ❤️ Smokey Bear! #HappyValentinesDay

On a day full of love, I want to share the love with all of you! What is your favorite moment together with me? Tag your post with #WhyILoveSmokey and I'll repost my favorites! #OnlyYou

US National Weather Service Reno Nevada
02/14/2020

US National Weather Service Reno Nevada

🥰 Love can be cold, but today will be warm! Warm & dry conditions will continue with temps in the 50s-60s for the lower valleys. Light winds will be great for balloons & flowers too!
xoxo, NWS Reno 😍

Forecast details: bit.ly/31VlAeQ

#ValentinesDay2020
02/14/2020

#ValentinesDay2020

Roses are red but
We 💘 wild Sockeye more
Than chocolate, flowers

📷 Jason Ching #ValentinesDay #haiku #salmonlove

Celebrate #ValentinesDay by skiing with a ranger today at Heavenly Mountain Resort. ❤️Tours begin at 1p.m. at the Tamara...
02/14/2020

Celebrate #ValentinesDay by skiing with a ranger today at Heavenly Mountain Resort. ❤️

Tours begin at 1p.m. at the Tamarack Lodge, top of Heavenly Gondola and last approximately one-hour.

Learn more about this free conservation education program at https://go.usa.gov/xdjhd.

#ValentinesDay2020 #ItsAllYours #GoPlay #skiwitharanger

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor, Jeff Marsolais, was proud to attend last night's Sacramento premiere...
02/12/2020

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor, Jeff Marsolais, was proud to attend last night's Sacramento premiere of America's Forests with Chuck Leavell: California.

The California episode of America's Forests features segments with Supervisor Marsolais at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and members of Generation Green Lake Tahoe.

Hosted by Chuck Leavell, musician who has toured with the Rolling Stones and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, America's Forests captures the breadth of our nation’s woodlands, both public and private, and features different stories that demonstrate how forest habitats contribute to the well-being and economic health of communities across the country.

Learn more about America's Forests with Chuck Leavell and watch episodes at www.americasforestswithchuckleavell.com. (Link to California Episode will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.)

L-R: Paul Barney; Joy Barney, retired USFS; Jeff Marsolais, LTBMU Forest Supervisor; Sheri Smith, Pacific Southwest Regional Entomologist; Lupe Oftedal; Maichu Thao, Sierra NF Budget Officer; and Jim Oftedal, Generation Green.

Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809. Happy Birthday President Lincoln! “Those who deny freedom to others, deser...
02/12/2020

Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809. Happy Birthday President Lincoln!

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”
~ Abraham Lincoln, Complete Works, Volume XII.

#LincolnsBirthday #PresidentLincoln #AbrahamLincoln

Forest Service hosts off-highway vehicle grant open houseSOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2020 - The USDA Forest Servi...
02/11/2020

Forest Service hosts off-highway vehicle grant open house

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2020 - The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host an open house in South Lake Tahoe on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to provide information and seek public input on our annual California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant applications. The OHMVR applications request funding for trail maintenance and operation of facilities for off-highway vehicle access in the Tahoe Basin.

The open house will take place in the Emerald Bay Room at the Forest Supervisor’s office in South Lake Tahoe, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. The public may arrive anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. and visit informational stations, talk with staff and ask questions. There will be no formal presentation. The 60-day grant application comment period begins Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and ends Monday, May 4.

“We encourage anyone interested in off-highway vehicle recreation to join us for this event,” said LTBMU Trails Engineer, Jacob Quinn. “Participants can learn about the outstanding off-highway vehicle opportunities in the Lake Tahoe Basin and how these grants support the operations and maintenance of our off-highway vehicle programs.”

For requests for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings, contact Adrian Escobedo at 530-543-2758 or email [email protected].

For more information on the applications, grant process or how to comment, contact Jacob Quinn at 530-543-2609 or email [email protected].

Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo's
California Off-Road Vehicle Association
Off Road Tahoe
Tahoe Four Wheel Drive
Tahoe Donner 4 Wheelers

Photo courtesy of the Mt. Democrat, Placerville, CA.

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The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

#MondayMotivation "Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience."~Ralph Waldo EmersonEmerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, Califo...
02/11/2020

#MondayMotivation

"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California courtesy of Jonathan Cook-Fisher, USDA Forest Service.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit hydrologists conduct annual snow surveys at two snow courses in the Tahoe Basin, as par...
02/11/2020

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit hydrologists conduct annual snow surveys at two snow courses in the Tahoe Basin, as part of the California Department of Water Resources Cooperative Snow Survey program.

Backcountry visitors are asked to avoid crossing the snow courses to help prevent disturbing the snowpack there, which provides valuable water data through collection and analysis.

One snow course is located in Ward Canyon, next to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows ski area and the other is near Rubicon Peak on Tahoe's southwest shore.

Please help us spread the word about avoiding these areas, which are roped off with signs.

Over 100 years of snow data has been collected at these two sites since their establishment in 1912 and 1913.

Photos courtesy of Nicole Bringolf, Hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service.

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Tallac Tahoe courtesy of Mike Herron Photography.
02/10/2020

Tallac Tahoe courtesy of Mike Herron Photography.

Ski with a Ranger every Friday at 1 p.m. at Heavenly Mountain Resort! Participants must be intermediate level skiers/boa...
02/10/2020

Ski with a Ranger every Friday at 1 p.m. at Heavenly Mountain Resort!

Participants must be intermediate level skiers/boarders or above and provide their own lift ticket. No reservations are required.

Attendance is on a first-come first-served basis and group size is limited to 12. Participants should meet at the top of the Heavenly Gondola outside of Tamarack Lodge.

Learn more about this free conservation education program at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/ltbmu/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD697592.

A true pioneer. Our thoughts are with Dave's family, friends and colleagues. 😓
02/10/2020

A true pioneer. Our thoughts are with Dave's family, friends and colleagues. 😓

Thank you, Dave McCoy.

For everything.

#ThankYouDave

Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team partners at North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District are conducting prescribed fire operation...
02/10/2020

Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team partners at North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District are conducting prescribed fire operations today and tomorrow on Tahoe's north end. Smoke may be visible.

Keep in mind other agencies may also be burning during this time. For a map of project locations and details, visit https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. Sign-up for email notifications at [email protected].

Tahoe Living With Fire

Mark your calendars!
02/10/2020

Mark your calendars!

02/10/2020
Tallac Historic Site

Yesterday's wave action at the Tallac Historic Site! Be sure to turn up the volume for the full effect.

Brrrrr cold north winds today! Turn on the volume to get the full effect!

Weather permitting, Forest Service crews will conduct  prescribed fire operations tomorrow, Feb. 8, on the North Shore o...
02/07/2020

Weather permitting, Forest Service crews will conduct prescribed fire operations tomorrow, Feb. 8, on the North Shore off Forest Road 16N73 (Mt. Watson Road.)

Keep in mind, other agencies may also be burning during this time. View a map with project locations and details at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/.

Prescribed fire operations are conducted whenever weather, conditions and staffing allow to reduce excess vegetation that can feed unwanted wildland fires.

Planned fires now reduce the threat of unplanned fires later, which helps provide increased community protection.
#PlannedFire #GoodFire

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The Forest Service invites you to Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort! Tours take place every Friday at 1 p.m....
02/07/2020

The Forest Service invites you to Ski with a Ranger at Heavenly Mountain Resort! Tours take place every Friday at 1 p.m., weather permitting. The tours last approximately one-hour and continue through March 27, 2020.

Participants must be intermediate level skiers/boarders or above and provide their own lift ticket. No reservations are required. Attendance is on a first-come first-served basis and group size is limited to 12. Participants should meet at the top of the Heavenly Gondola outside of Tamarack Lodge.

02/07/2020
FOX40

Captain Dave Soldavini from the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit returned from Australia last week. Check out yesterday's interview with Dave at https://fox40.com/2020/02/05/south-lake-tahoe-fire-captain-back-home-after-battling-australias-wildfires/. Great job Dave!! We are so very proud of you and thankful for your safe return. #firefighters #trueheros #AustraliaFires #AustralianBushfire

After battling the wildfires in Australia for the past month, a South Lake Tahoe fire captain said he is still processing the experience: http://via.fox40.com/qU210

Forest Service crews conducted prescribed fire operations today off Genoa Peak Road near the intersection of Forest Road...
02/05/2020

Forest Service crews conducted prescribed fire operations today off Genoa Peak Road near the intersection of Forest Roads 14N32 and 14N33 on Tahoe's East Shore.

Other agencies may also be burning over the next several weeks, weather permitting. View a map with project locations and details and learn more about the benefits of prescribed fire at https://www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/.

Sign-up for email notifications by sending a message to [email protected].

#PlannedFire #GoodFire

#TuesdayThoughts"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery- air, mountains, trees, people. I thought "this is w...
02/04/2020

#TuesdayThoughts
"I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery- air, mountains, trees, people. I thought "this is what it is to be happy." ~Sylvia Plath

Widespread prescribed fire operations continue around Tahoe BasinLake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.  – Members of the Tahoe Fire an...
02/03/2020

Widespread prescribed fire operations continue around Tahoe Basin

Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. – Members of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT), which includes local, state and federal land management agencies, will continue prescribed fire operations over the next several weeks in the Tahoe Basin as conditions, staffing and weather allow. Smoke may be visible. View a map with project locations and details at www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to [email protected].

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which are ideal for conducting prescribed fire operations. Each operation follows a specialized prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. All of this information is used to decide when and where to burn.

Prescribed fire operations are conducted whenever weather, conditions and staffing allow to reduce excess vegetation that can feed unwanted wildland fires. Planned fires now reduce the threat of unplanned fires later, which helps provide increased community protection. Fire is a natural process in the Sierra Nevada and helps keep our forests healthy by minimizing the spread of insects and disease, recycling nutrients back into the soil and promoting improved habitat for diverse vegetation and wildlife.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Prescribed fire smoke is generally less intense and of much shorter duration than smoke produced by unwanted wildland fires.

Agencies coordinate closely with local county and state air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions carefully prior to prescribed fire ignitions. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and disperse it away from smoke sensitive areas. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively materials are consumed and how smoke will travel.

Before prescribed fire operations are conducted, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line maintained by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit at 530-543-2816. The TFFT gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice due to the small window of opportunity for conducting these operations.

To learn more about the benefits prescribed fire, visit www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/get-informed/understanding-fire/.

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The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.

For more information about the TFFT, visit www.tahoelivingwithfire.com/about/.

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