The Off Road Business Association has joined the collaborative process in support of the California Nevada Snowmobile Association and Snowlands to develop a proactive winter recreation plan in the Tahoe Basin. The USFS Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) reached out to stakeholders and invited them to begin discussing the best way to mange snowmobile use in the basin. While human powered and motorized recreation proponents often find themselves on opposite sides of the discussion, the USFS did a great job of bringing the two groups together to find common ground.
CNSA, and Snowlands agreed to continue working together and will likely follow the model that was used in Johnson Valley with regular meetings, and a unified message to the public. Both seem cautiously optimistic that they can help guide the USFS on the best options available for Tahoe Basin winter recreation.
Below is a statement released by Snowlands following the meeting that sums up the discussion well.
“We had a productive meeting with the OSV community on Saturday and are now working with them to develop a structure and process for further discussions. These discussions are intended to help the LTBMU in conducting a subpart C review, which is a review of OSV travel restrictions. These discussions are intended to be inclusive of all who have an interest in the subpart c review and anyone who is interested in participating in these discussions should contact the LTBMU through its public affairs office. We intend that, as the process moves forward, the working group will issue its own statements on its progress that reflect the views of all participants. Snowlands looks forward to working with the OSV community and other groups in this process.”