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Vegetation Management Workshop

Final Report from the Expert Panel


Workshop Purpose:

Excess vegetation on steep slopes and in stream environment zones (SEZs) heightens wildfire risk and threatens habitat goals in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Yet land managers have difficulty reducing that vegetation because of limited access, short field seasons and requirements to reduce impacts on thresholds such as water quality. As a result, vegetation management projects are more costly to complete, take longer and too few acres are treated.

Workshop objectives

  • Explore the state of knowledge and current practices used by agencies for fuels treatment projects in stream zones (SEZs) and steep slopes int he Lake Tahoe Basin
  • Identify areas of uncertainty regarding environmental risk from these treatments
  • Solicit recommendations from an expert panel to advance vegetation management strategies and practices in the Lake Tahoe basin.  See the Vegetation Management Workshop Review Panel Charge for more information. Table of Contents for Review Panel

Who Attended: Land management and regulatory agency staff, researchers, fuels treatment implementors, environmental organizations and any interested public.

Sponsored by:
  • California Tahoe Conservancy
  • CA-NV Fire Commission
  • Tahoe Science Consortium
  • UC Cooperative Extension, El Dorado County
  • UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center