Conservation, scientific, recreation and business organizations delivered more than 12,000 public comments, letters and petitions to the U.S. Forest Service in support of strong protections for the forests and watersheds of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The comments come as the Forest Service finishes a public comment period for a new plan to manage the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, over 78% of the land around the lake.
"The forests, mountains, meadows, lakes and rivers in the Tahoe area are some of the most beautiful and spectacular places in the world. The Lake Tahoe basin forest plan is one of the best opportunities to protect some of the last wilderness and ancient forests in the Tahoe area, and indeed the whole Sierra Nevada," said Lauren Thorpe with the Sierra Club.
"These comments show that people throughout the country care about Tahoe's forests, wilderness and wild and scenic rivers and want to see them permanently protected."