After Angora: Public Comment Period Ending For Angora Fire Area


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Time is running out for the public to comment on what should be done with the burned area left behind from the “Angora” wildfire at Lake Tahoe last year. Thousands of pine trees were killed in the Angora fire last year. They look like spooky statues marking the first anniversary of the blaze. A variety of government agencies and environmental groups are working out a plan to restore the natural ecosystem to the burned areas of Lake Tahoe. But Cheva Heck with the U-S Forest Service says logging of some of the dead trees is still an option… “The trees are still standing but as they begin to fall…there will be a higher fuels risk…so we will be possibly doing that in certain areas over the next several years…” Heck says the dead trees invite undesirable insect infestations and could spread diseases that harm living trees. She says there also are plans to leave the dead trees alone and plant native tree saplings in burned areas.