Announcment

We’re in Court

In October of 2021, we filed a formal complaint in the 9th circuit against the Stanislaus National Forest. The Forest has abused their authority, failed to consider several extremely relevant factors in their OSV plan decision, so now we are challenging them. If you wish to support our efforts, please make a donation, or even better, check out our sled sweepstakes and win a new sled! https://www.tapkat.org/sierra-snowmobile-foundation/y5O2b9

Placer County Parking

Placer County is soliciting input on some new parking and staging areas. Some of this is on Forest Service (Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit) that fall within the county. Some of these access motorized, some non-motorized zones but both are badly needed. More info on the proposal and the survey are attached. https://www.placer.ca.gov/5458/North-Tahoe-Recreation-Access-Plan https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6084108/North-Tahoe-Recreation-Access-Plan-survey

Keep Hellhole Open

The Lake Tahoe Basin is proposing to close Hellhole, the backyard for the southshore due to Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog habitat. But their own document states “Existing use patterns have not indicated permanent changes to suitable habitat.” So we have a case study here proving that snowmobiles have not altered habitat conditions, yet they want to close it anyway. Let the Lake Tahoe Basin Management unit know how important this area is to you, and remind them that the amphibians hibernate during snowmobile season. The Stanislaus National Forest has suggested a 24″ minimum snow depth for Stanislaus Meadow for the same reasons. If they can keep frog habitat protected, so can the LTMU. Let them know! Comments are due Dec 9! Links on how submit comments can be found on our webpage: www.sierrasnowmobilefoundation.com/basin