Heavenly Protests Tahoe Forest Plan

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SAM Magazine—South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Feb. 18, 2014—Heavenly Mountain Resort has formally objected to the U.S. Forest Service's 15-year land management plan for Lake Tahoe. In a letter, the resort said that the Forest Service plan would limit future expansion of the four resorts in the Tahoe Basin to just 200 acres in total and ignite a “development race.”

The four resorts that would be subject to the limit are Heavenly, Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, and Homewood.

Heavenly also argues that the plan would revise the terms and boundaries of its current permit area and hamstring development. Specifically, a proposal to create a special refuge area for whitebark pines within the resort’s boundaries would place new restrictions on the area.

Environmental groups and fire chiefs around Lake Tahoe also submitted objections to the plan.

The Forest Service has 90 days to review and respond to the complaints as part of the objection resolution process before the regional forester signs a record of decision and puts the plan into effect.