Prescribed burns occurring at Tunnel
Creek in October-November, 2012.
The Nevada Division of State Lands will also be
burning slash piles created by hazardous fuels
reduction operations at Lake Tahoe from Crystal
Bay to Kingsbury Grade throughout the 2013 -
2014 burn season. The burn season will
begin the week of November 1st and
continue through spring 2014. Burn days
and locations will be determined by weather and
Pile burning is the final
phase of forest health operations and a critical
element in the disposal of activity fuels
generated by tree and brush thinning. NDSL
works in cooperation with local fire protection
districts, Nevada Division of Environmental
Protection, and Washoe County.
information, please contact Jeff Haas at
Tahoe Resource Team
Division of State Lands (DSL) leads the State's programs to protect Lake Tahoe.
The Nevada Tahoe Resource Team (NTRT) is an interagency team coordinated by DSL
and dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural environment in the Lake
Tahoe basin. The team currently consists of eight members; five from DSL; one
from the Division of Forestry; one from the Division of Wildlife; and one from
the Division of State Parks.
NTRT is part of the wide network of agencies and groups working in the Tahoe
basin to implement the Lake Tahoe Environmental
Program (EIP). The EIP is a ten-year improvement plan that identifies over $900
million in projects and programs needed to improve the environment at Lake
Tahoe. The cost of implementing the EIP has been apportioned between the Federal
Government, the States of Nevada and California, local governments, and private
property owners -- the State of Nevada's commitment is $182 million.
The NTRT is responsible for implementing Nevada's share of the EIP, and is
coordinating and implementing a wide range of projects designed to improve water
quality, control erosion, restore natural watercourses, improve forest health
and wildlife habitat, and provide recreational opportunities. EIP grant funds
are available to local governments and some nonprofit groups.
DSL administers a variety of other Tahoe programs, including two Tahoe bond
acts, the Lake Tahoe license plate program, and the excess coverage mitigation
program. The Tahoe bond acts approved by the voters in 1986 and 1996 authorized
the sale of more than $50 million in bonds for the acquisition of sensitive
lands and funding erosion control and stream restoration projects in the Tahoe
The Agency has acquired and retired about 500 parcels of sensitive land. These
lands are protected and not available for development or disposal. They are
managed to protect Lake Tahoe and its watershed. Management goals include clean
water, healthy forests, the reduction of excess fire fuels and hazardous forest
conditions, good wildlife habitat, and reasonable public access.
The Tahoe excess coverage mitigation program is funded by excess coverage
mitigation fees forwarded from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The objective
of this program is to improve the water quality of Lake Tahoe through the
retirement of land coverage and restoration of disturbed lands. This program
acquires land and land coverage.
Lake Tahoe License Plate Program
Special vehicle license plates to benefit Lake Tahoe are available through the
Department of Motor
Vehicles. Buyers of these plates pay special fees of $25 the first year and
$20 each continuing year. These fees go into a dedicated Lake Tahoe fund, which
is administered by DSL for projects and programs that will preserve or restore
the natural environment of Lake Tahoe. These funds are available as grants.
For more information on the application process and submittal deadlines,
In Depth Newsletter, December 2012 Issue
Edgewood Creek Watershed Assessment
Creek Final Report
1993 Chapter 355
1989 Chapter 111
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