Staff Reports

Follow Me

Back to: News
January 29, 2012
Follow News

Forest Service works to solve problems between snowmobilers,cross-country skiers

The U.S. Forest Service is mediating meetings between snowmobilers and cross-country skiers who use Tahoe Meadows recreation area near Mt. Rose.

In the past, there has been conflict between the two groups and officials hope to ease tensions.

"We've heard from both sides who are looking for solutions," said Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck.

With 53 percent of the Lake Tahoe Basin already closed to snowmobiles, the Forest Service is hoping to find solutions that don't involve closing more property to the vehicles. To move the varying groups of backcountry users apart, the Forest Service is considering improving signage and education, and designating different parking areas.

"We think there's some easy solutions that don't change where you can or cannot snowmobile," Heck said.

If successful, the results of the Tahoe Meadows meetings may have repercussions Basin-wide, Heck said.

"We're sort of starting with Tahoe Meadows to see if we can find solutions that are successful, and then we'll spread those to a larger area," she said.

Stories you may be interested in

The Record Courier Updated Jan 29, 2012 03:05PM Published Jan 29, 2012 03:05PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.