Under construction

In December 2015 issued a proposal for the management and uses of existing roads, trails and facilities located on National Forest System (NFS) lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin. See:
Request for Comments - Comments due Jauuary 15, 2016
Send your mail comments to Daniel Cressy, LTBMU, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Electronic comments must be submitted in a format such as an email message, plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or Word (.doc) to comrnents-pacificsouthwest-ltbmu@fs.fed.us using subject: Integrated Management and Use of Roads, Trails, and Facilities.

Integrated Management and Use of Roads, Trails and Facilities (www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd485230.pdf)

  • The over-arching purpose and need for this Proposed Action is to create greater efficiency in reviewing and approving projects, events, and permits on NFS lands within the Lake Tahoe Basin.
  • Provide public access and administration of NFS lands on managed roads and trails, and at developed facilities.
  • Update the LTBMU Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to improve consistency and respond to public interest and environmental conditions.
  • Manage public recreation use on NFS lands
  • Provide authorizations for outfitting and guiding uses on NFS lands.
    Hiking (day use) for groups of 10 or less.
    Criteria for Outfitter/Guide Permits:
    • The permit may not include temporary closure of system roads, trails, or facilities to general public use for the purposes of an outfitter/guide operation,
    • All permitted activities must be in accordance with allowable general forest use in the area proposed for use,
    • The permit may not authorize any outfitting/guide uses within a designated Wilderness.
    • Issuance of an outfitter/guide special use permit for any activities within a developed recreation site already under special use permit will not be considered under this authorization. Outfitter/guide activities at these sites are managed under the terms of the existing special use permit,
    • Proposed uses must be appropriate for the proposed facilities (i.e. horse trailer parking may only occur at facilities designed to accommodate horse trailers),
    • Outfitter/guide activities may not result in exclusive use of a site,
    • Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) is not allowed,
    • All parking must occur at existing authorized parking areas that can accommodate the group size; shuttle/carpool services must be provided so that the group will not utilize more than 50% of the entirety of a parking area or if the parking area is already full,
    • Pickup and drop-off of any shuttle services must occur at designated parking areas or at pull-offs where vehicle parking is permitted and legal according to applicable state/county/local law,
    • Outfitter/guide activities may be de-authorized or required to move an alternate location if it is determined that use conflicts exist or other extenuating circumstances exist such as construction or holiday crowds that would result in impacts to a particular area,
    • Outfitter/Guide activities will be revoked or will not be approved if they unreasonably conflict or interfere with administrative use of the Forest Service, other scheduled or authorized existing uses of the National Forest System, or use of adjacent non-National Forest System lands,
    • Activities which require formal consultation with Fish & Wildlife Service (F&WS) that would require a new Biological Opinion from F&WS will not be authorized,
    • Activities occurring in areas of occupied or proposed critical habitat for Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog (SNYLF) will not be authorized,
    • Activities which cannot be documented as having “no effect” to heritage values under the Programmatic Agreement between the USFS Region 5 and State Historic Preservation Officers, or which cannot be documented as having “no adverse effect” to heritage values following the Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act will not be authorized,


last updated 3 Dec 2015