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Nevada Resident Found Guilty of Driving on Protected Land

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 6, 2022 12:20 am

Nevada Resident Found Guilty of Driving on Protected Land

NEVADA – Earlier this year, a Nevada City resident was convicted guilty of operating a motorized vehicle in Tahoe National Forest.

Following an investigation by Tahoe National Forest law enforcement officials, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes found a Nevada City resident guilty of driving a motorized vehicle off federally approved routes. According to authorities, the motorist was operating a vehicle in a protected riparian region along Greenhorn Creek that provides critical habitat for the Foothill yellow-legged frog, a federally endangered species and a California endangered species.

On March 27, 2022, Forest Service officials came upon an individual about a half mile south of the prescribed path in an area where motor vehicles are not permitted. The man was schooled and ticketed on the spot, and he was eventually fined in court.

“It is the motor vehicle user’s obligation to tread carefully and know where they are allowed to go on National Forest grounds,” Tahoe National Forest Patrol Captain Gerald Parker stated. “Driving off designated roads degrades resources and, in this situation, has the potential to harm wildlife.” Tahoe National Forest views reckless motor vehicle use on public lands with concern for both public safety and ecosystem protection.”

Historically, motor vehicle users and other recreationalists frequented the Greenhorn Creek area. Illegal fires, abandoned burned-out automobiles, and irresponsible entertainment are frequently reported. Tahoe National Forest has increased patrol in the area to safeguard environmental resources as well as the adjacent communities.

The Tahoe National Forest finished its motorized travel management analysis and produced motor vehicle usage maps in 2010. (MVUM). The MVUM specifies which roads and trails are open to motorized travel, as well as any vehicle class limits and seasonal allowances. Motor vehicle users on National Forest System areas are obligated by law to drive only on specified routes marked on the MVUM. The MVUM for the Tahoe National Forest and adjoining forests is available at district offices and on the Tahoe National Forest website.

Credits: Fox Reno

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