TRPA OKs Settlement over Tahoe Airport Trees

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has approved a settlement with the city of South Lake Tahoe over the illegal cutting of hundreds of trees at the airport.

In lieu of hefty fines, the city agreed to conduct environmental restoration at the airport for the felling of 387 trees in 2006.

The agreement was approved by TRPA's governing board on Wednesday.

It ends a dispute that dates to May 206, when the city cut down the trees without permits because of safety concerns by state and federal aviation officials.

TRPA officials in January 2007 had proposed the city be fined $500,000.

But officials say the restoration work will provide long-lasting environmental benefit.