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Snowmobiling Controversial at Tahoe

TitleSnowmobiling Controversial at Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-01-20
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #51 - "Snowmobiling Controversial at Tahoe" (Air Date: January 20, 2004). Larry Anderson from the US Forest Service and Wayne Fisher from the North Tahoe Snow Travelers discuss efforts to make the Tahoe Meadows recreation area accessible to snowmobiles without having a negative impact on skiers, snowshoers and sledders.
SubjectSnowmobiling -- Environmental aspects -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Snowmobiling -- Safety measures
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 51: "Snowmobiles" Anchor Intro: Snowmobiling is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of winter recreation in our area. With the growth in the sport in the Tahoe region comes environmental concerns and worries about how the powerful machines will mix with cross country skiers and snowshoers. Shelly Purdy has more in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Nats revving up and taking off)) ((Track 1)) The Tahoe Meadows recreation area at the top of Mount Rose is a snowmobilers paradise. But it's also a very popular spot for skiers, snowshoers and sledders. It's the job of the U-S forest service to make sure everyone here gets along. ((sot @ 21:30 Larry Anderson, US Forest Service)) "We have about four square miles where snowmobiles can operate…" ((sot @ 21:43)) "…and, the forest service policy is to manage for multi use. And this is one of the areas we've delegated for that use. Both snowmobilers, cross country skiers, motorized and non-motorized use." ((track 2)) That four square mile boundary is clearly marked with signs, and the forest service regularly patrols the area. They also have a crew of volunteers who come out here for fun…and help educate the public at the same time. ((sot @ 22:23)) "They're our eyes and ears for this area. They understand the rules. They've been trained on the usfs policies and they extend that to the visitors out here." ((track 3)) The volunteers do it because they love the sport. And they realize a few bad apples can spoil the fun for everyone. ((sot snowmobiling #2 tape @ 2:16 Wayne Fisher, North Tahoe Snow Travelers)) "We feel we have a right to ride in national forests and public lands, but at the same time we have that right to ride we want to be responsible citizens in proving that we are doing the right thing and are courteous." ((track 4)) And the program seems to be working. ((nats exhaust pipe)) ((Track 5)) The other concern with snowmobiles in the Tahoe basin is about what harm the powerful machines might be doing to the environment. Most snowmobiles these days have two-stroke engines…which are notorious for giving off high levels of emissions. The good news is the government is requiring manufacturers to clean up their machines…and make them quieter at the same time. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: U. S Forest Service rangers patrol the Tahoe Meadows area about four days a week. The remaining days are patrolled by volunteers.

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