Heavenly protests Forest Service plan for Tahoe
...Heavenly, which operates on 3,066 acres of national forest lands on Tahoe's south shore, also maintains the plan would significantly constrain the ability to develop within its boundaries because it effectively revises the terms and boundaries of existing ski-area permits. Limiting what the resort could develop under the permit would impact its existing rights, according to the letter.
Heavenly also opposes creation of a special refuge area for whitebark pines within its boundaries, arguing that conservation is better served through an existing management agreement with the Forest Service.
The resort's complaints are among 12 formal objections the Forest Service published to the updated plan for 154,000 acres of national forest lands around Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1ezOKhf ).
Various environmental groups complained about a lack of new wilderness designations, provisions allowing large trees to be removed, the amount of land open to over-snow vehicles, and management strategies for the California spotted owl and Pacific marten.
Fire chiefs around Lake Tahoe expressed "substantive concerns" about some of the plan's firefighting and fuel -reduction strategies.
Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Herron told the Tribune the agency put "the best plan forward" and will not comment on the objections while they are being reviewed by its top officials in Washington, D.C.
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