Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Johnson Meadow

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  • Why must encroachments be resolved?
  • The effects of encroachments on this former ranch property are detrimental both publicly and environmentally.  Public access is compromised anytime public lands are modified to resemble private property, through landscaping, lawns, fenced areas, storage of personal property, structures or parking. In addition, encroachments often damage soils and vegetation, leading to the degradation of the hydrologic functions these lands are intended to preserve. In some cases, encroachments interfere with planned hazardous fuels or hazard tree abatement projects or restoration efforts and must be resolved prior to management. Essentially, this is now public land and needs to remain accessible to the public.
  • How are encroachments resolved?
  • When an encroachment onto Johnson Meadow has been identified, the Tahoe RCD informs the responsible property owner and requests removal of the encroachment and termination of the prohibited activity. In most cases encroachments are resolved through an administrative process involving written notification and on-site meetings with Tahoe RCD staff. Some situations may warrant legal action if compliance does not occur by a specified date issued, or if significant damage to public lands has occurred. It is the responsibility of property owners to know their property boundary location and ensure their property does not extend beyond that line..

Johnson Meadow - Dry

Johnson Meadow (Aerial) - Winter