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Sale Will Keep Tahoe Forest Parcel Out Of Development

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has announced a deal that will keep one of the last privately owned stretches of forest ridgeline at Lake Tahoe out of development.

Two private owners, Sierra Pacific Industries and Mountainside Partners resort developers, said Wednesday they have agreed to sell the 120-acre parcel to the Forest Service.

The owners had planned to put a sprawling new campground on the North Shore site. Tahoe conservationists objected, saying it would add to the traffic jams and car pollution in the Lake Tahoe basin.

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Lake Tahoe basin forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais says the parcel had been one of the largest undeveloped stretches of Tahoe ridgeline still in private hands.