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NEPA Blog Describes Failed Forest Service Wildfire Risk Management Strategy Featuring Upper Echo Lake Project

The NEPA Lab, a blog published by Pennsylvania State University Professor Jamison E. Colburn, features a story entitled Mission Impossible: When the Pressure to do Something Exceeds the Knowledge of How to do it Right. Professor Colburn states:

"the Service and others have tended toward “fuels treatments” of various kinds by a wide acreage margin.  But the science behind this approach—whether it is mechanical thinning, understory collection and incineration, or plain old logging to create “fire breaks”—is much less certain than fire planners would have you believe."
The story features the Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project as a failed fuel reduction project that increased environmental risk.

AP Covers Decision to Abandon Project and Upper Echo Lake

In an article written by Scott Sonner, the AP described the decision of the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw the memo authorizing its Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project.  The article was picked up in hundreds of news outlets nationally, such as the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tahoe Daily Tribune Covers Project Withdrawal as Lake Tahoe Summit Looms

In an article written by Jack Barnwell, the Tahoe Daily Tribune described the decision of the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw the memo authorizing its Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project.  The decision to halt the project comes at a time that politicians and agency officials prepare for the annual Lake Tahoe Summit.