Tree removal will affect portions of Tahoe Rim Trail |

Tree removal will affect portions of Tahoe Rim Trail

Staff Reports

At the end of May Liberty Utilities began helicopter tree removal for the portion of the 650 Electrical Line Upgrade Project on National Forest System lands north of Highway 267 from Brockway Summit to Kings Beach. Public access to the area will be limited during the helicopter operations for public safety.

The Tahoe Rim Trail will not be closed during the project, but periodic access to the trail by escort during the helicopter operations will be required where the trail crosses Highway 267 and the project area on the north side of Brockway Summit. Trails and forest roads may experience temporary restrictions and hazards may be present even when operations have ended for the day. Liberty Utilities will post signs in the area of potentially hazardous conditions associated with the tree removal. For safety purposes, the public is asked to observe and follow all posted restrictions.

The 650 Line runs from Truckee to Kings Beach, parallel to Highway 267 for much of the alignment. Within the Lake Tahoe Basin, the project is primarily located on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and on private lands. Construction of the new power line to replace and upgrade the existing power line will take place throughout the summer and fall after the timber removal is complete. For more information about this portion of the project, contact Timber Sale Administrator, Robert Guebard at 530-543-2684, email, or Lands Program Manager, Bob Rodman at 530-543-2613, email