The U.S. Forest Service has won final approval for a major forest-thinning project designed to reduce the threat of a catastrophic wildfire at Lake Tahoe.
The project, set to begin this summer, calls for the reduction of hazardous fuels over a 10,-000-acre forested area covering much of the California side of the lake’s south shore.
The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board approved the plan Wednesday night.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported the project has been pending since 2004 – three years before the Angora Fire destroyed more than 250 homes on the south shore.
Plans call for the removal of trees and thinning of brush from Cascade Lake to Nevada’s Stateline casino area. Much of the work will take place on Forest Service land near homes.