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The Forest Service Accomplishes Much with Help from the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act

TitleThe Forest Service Accomplishes Much with Help from the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-07-07
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 28 - "U.S. Forest Service Environmental Improvement Projects" (Air Date: August 12, 2003). Rex Norman from the U.S. Forest Service discusses the impact of the the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act role on his agency's efforts to protect and preserve Lake Tahoe.
SubjectRestoration ecology -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake, Watershed (Calif. and Nev.) -- Environmental conditions
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 Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 28: US Forest Service (Air Date: August 12) ((Anchor Intro)) The U.S. Forest Service manages nearly 80-percent of the land in the Tahoe Basin. And, that means the agency is a major player in the effort to protect and preserve Lake Tahoe. In tonight?s Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes a closer look at role of the forest service. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) It seems to draw you in when you look at it. The immense blueness of the lake is magical - even hypnotic. It's easy to think of the Lake Tahoe area as just the lake. But what makes Tahoe so special isn?t just the magical blue water - it's also the forests, mountains and wildlife that surround it. And it's the job of the U.S. Forest Service to take care of that land. Because the healthier the land around Lake Tahoe - the cleaner and clearer the lake. ((sot @ 1:54 Rex Norman, United States Forest Service)) "The lake and its water quality is really a barometer that tells you to a great degree what the overall ecosystem health of the Tahoe Basin is." ((Track 2)) The forest service works with and annual budget of about 25-30 million dollars and uses that money to pay for several Environmental Improvement Program projects. Those projects include things like forest thinning, road decommissioning, erosion control and wetland restoration. Some projects are massive and some very small?but they?re all designed to improve the health of the forest and the clarity of Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ 4:21)) "The lake water clarity didn?t decrease overnight. It took many decades for that to happen, and it?s gonna take time and incremental projects one by one by one in order to get that water quality stabilized and returned to its famous clarity levels." ((Track 3)) The forest service works in tandem with the many other agencies at Lake Tahoe all working toward that same goal. And, they're beginning to see some positive results. With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) If you would like more information about the role the forest service plays at Lake Tahoe or to learn more about specific projects they're working on, visit our website at In next week's Lake Tahoe report, Shelly Purdy takes a closer look at one of those forest service projects - the effort to prevent catastrophic fires by starting small ones.

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