Tree Removal Plan for Ski Resort Opposed

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A Lake Tahoe ski resort's plans to cut 230 old-growth trees to make room for a high-speed lift are under fire from environmentalists and some skiers.

Opponents say that Heavenly Mountain Resort's plans for the
North Bowl in its Nevada section would harm sensitive land as well
as expert tree-skiing terrain.

But Heavenly officials contend the unique quality of the North
Bowl would be preserved, and other skiers say they support the new
lift because it would get them to the top of the mountain faster.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's board held a public hearing last Wednesday on proposed changes to Heavenly's master plan.

The Forest Service will hold a workshop on Heavenly's plans
this Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.

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