Tahoe Land Regulators to Reconsider Ski Resort Plan

Lake Tahoe land-use regulators will reconsider a plan by Heavenly Ski Resort to remove more than 1,000 trees for a new ski lift.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved the plan last month.

But under threat of a lawsuit by environmentalists over the legality of the vote, agency directors Wednesday agreed to reconsider the matter in April.

In February, the board approved changes sought by the resort to its master plan. At the heart of the controversy was the resort's plan to remove two aging ski lifts on the Nevada side and replace them with one, high-speed quad lift.

Environmentalists oppose the project because it would require removed of more than 11-hundred trees, about 150 of them old growth-type trees with diameters up to or exceeding 24 inches.

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