Possible Settlement in Tahoe Airport Tree Removals

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is considering requiring the city of South Lake Tahoe to improve erosion control and restore thousands of acres at the airport in lieu of fines for cutting down hundreds of trees.

In a draft settlement developed by the TRPA and city staff, the city would have to permanently remove a 13-by-1,300-foot section of pavement along the runway's northeastern edge, built on sensitive
land identified as a stream environment zone.

The TRPA's governing board is scheduled to discuss approval of the draft settlement during a meeting Wednesday in Incline Village.

In January 2006, TRPA offered a $500,000 settlement to the city in response to the cutting of 387 trees larger than 6 inches in diameter at the airport without a valid permit.

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