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They have paved they hardest parts already... at least it is still open :) , BUT, They are trying to close it.

Do what you can to keep it open:

USDA Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Region
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
35 College Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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News Release
For Immediate Release

March 22nd, 2019

Media contact: Lisa Herron
(530) 543-2815
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/LakeTahoeUSFS/
Twitter: @laketahoeUSFS

Forest Service hosts open house for OHV grant application

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
will host an open house to provide information and seek public input on the annual California
Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR)
Division grant application. The OHMVR application requests funding for trail maintenance, and
operation of facilities for off-highway vehicle (OHV) access in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The open
house will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Forest Service office in South Lake
Tahoe, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. There will be no formal presentation,
instead the public may arrive between 4 – 7 p.m. and visit informational stations, talk with staff
and ask questions. The 60-day grant application comment period began Tuesday, March 5 and
ends Monday, May 6.

For requests for reasonable accommodation access to the facility or proceedings, contact Adrian
Escobedo at 530-543-2758 or email [email protected].

For more information on the application, grant process or how to comment, contact Jacob Quinn
at 530-543-2609 or email [email protected].
 

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For what it's worth...

They are not trying to close the Rubicon.

The meeting was VERY productive. The FS, users(Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo's), RTF, FOTR and El Dorado had a great discussion about the future of the Rubicon.

Long story short, Placer has backed out of any responsibility for trail maintenance. The maintenance then falls to the forests. El Dorado County is working on permission, from the TNF & LTBMU, for the ability to write OHV grants for the ENTIRE length of the Rubicon.

That would be a huge advantage as El Dorado County (read as Vickie Sanders) as done a great job at trail maintenance on the ElDo side.

It's all about water quality. If there is erosion and sedimentation getting on to the water ways, there will be closures. If the trail can be maintained to prevent erosion, no sedimentation, no closures.
 

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Thanks Doug,

Yes. El Dorado County is working on MOU similar to the Easement that was established on the El Dorado side. Anyone who knows the Tahoe side, they have not submitted any OHV Grants. Last year, RTF paid roughly $15,000 to get 1 hour of helicopter time to deliver rock to Cadillac Hill. Anyone who has worked on Cadillac Hill over the years building gabions knows, finding rock is PITA.

If El Dorado County can secure this, RTF will have to spend money on the Tahoe side, to establish matching funds for grants. We are waiting and hoping that this can be completed as soon as possible. Putting 1 entity responsible from Loon to Tahoe, and that entity is aware of the economic impact to their county (compared to the other County that doesn't think there is one) is a good thing.

That's my understanding from the updates that I've received.
 
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