Changes to Rabe Meadow area

Kathryn Reed

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in partnership with the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District has issued the final decision for proposed restoration of Burke Creek on the South Shore. The purpose of the project is to improve water quality, meadow vegetation, aquatic and terrestrial habitat for wildlife and plants and restore the natural function of the creek and adjacent Rabe Meadow, according to a press release from the Forest Service.

Based on feedback, several changes have been made to the final project. Jennings Pond will no longer be removed but will be partially filled and features installed to create a more natural pond environment that will improve existing habitat for beavers, birds and native aquatic species. The Lam Watah Trail adjacent to the pond will be raised to prevent flooding impacts to nearby infrastructure. Work in the Jennings Pond area will not begin until August to avoid impacts onlocal beaver populations.

A segment of the informal trail through Rabe Meadow and across Burke Creek previously planned for adoption will now be decommissioned and restored to a natural condition. Find complete plan details online. | bit.ly/burke_creek