Tahoe Backcountry Community,
The Tahoe Backcountry Alliance (TBA) would like to share our official stance in order to inform our community on this important issue. TBA’s aim is to take a reasonable approach to this issue and we welcome dialogue with the larger winter backcountry community. We are all recreationalists on our public lands and think it is important to recognize different user groups have more in common than we have differences. Our organizational comments have been informed by both conversations with both human powered and motorized users, local residents and those who visit the Tahoe National Forest. Our goals and comments work to minimize user conflicts, enhance the best skiing/snowboarding and improve access for all.
TBA’s official stance is to support the USFS preferred “Alternative #2” with some minor adjustments in a couple zones and within the process.
- Castle Peak Zone – Create a non-motorized area on the north and east slopes of Castle Peak to enhance user safety and decrease user conflicts. Donner Lake Interchange and the surrounding area should remain motorized so motorized users retain access to Coon Canyon and an access bottleneck is not created at Castle Peak/Boreal.
- Infrastructure Improvements – Drive investment to improve access at impacted and/or popular trailheads such as Castle Peak and Donner Lake Interchange.
- Working Group – We think it makes a lot of sense to convene a broadly representative collaborative working group of stakeholders and organizations to assist in the effort to find workable compromises in these and other areas, and to ensure that all users have appropriate access to the experiences they love without impinging on the experience of others.
- Motorized Access – We support inclusion of specific zones like the Sagehen Access Rd, Andesite western zone and potentially other options depending on their location. as open to motorized vehicles. These agreements can be worked out during the Final EIS phase with input from the Working Group mentioned above.
Thank you for your support and comments!