Seeking Input on Tahoe Forest Roads

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled four public meetings to provide information about possible restrictions on roads and off-road travel in the Tahoe National Forest.

The agency will accept public comment for two months after it publishes a draft environmental impact statement on a forest-wide travel management plan expected to be issued on Sept. 26.

Forest supervisor Tom Quinn says that among other things the draft EIS will consider whether off-road travel should be prohibited and whether some unauthorized historic mining trails and old logging roads should be added to the established system of roads and motorized trails.

Quinn emphasized the document will be a draft subject to change. He says the agency realizes it is a "passionate topic" and looks forward to getting feedback from the public.

The meetings are planned at Nevada City Oct. 1, Sierraville Oct. 3, Truckee Oct. 7 and Auburn Oct. 9.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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