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Fuel reduction impacts recreation off Pioneer Trail

The U.S. Forest Service plans to resume work on the South Shore Fuels Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project this month, according to a statement from the agency.

The project includes the thinning of trees and brush from Cascade Lake to the Nevada state line to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and create healthier forests, according to the statement.

About 280 acres between Golden Bear Estate off Pioneer Trail and Sierra Tract is among the area slated for work this year.

The area is heavily used for mountain biking, trail running, hiking and dog walking, and people will need to recreate elsewhere while work is underway, according to the forest service.

The Forest Service will officially close the area for about two months due to the hazards posed by heavy equipment operation and falling trees. 

After work is completed, the Forest Service will restore official trails but will not restore user-created trails, according to the statement.

As the field season progresses, thinning may also take place where conditions allow, including Christmas Valley, Fallen Leaf Lake, Meyers, the Highway 89 corridor, Gardner Mountain and the Pioneer Trail side of Trout Creek, according to the statement.