There are tons of new things each month that you can learn about or events to go to that you can learn about from the Truckee Donner land trust. To learn about the hike of the month or the new construction for the Truckee Springs continue reading below and click the links included for further information.
Hike of the Month
Fall colors are just around the corner! Heart K Ranch is a 903-acre preserve protected by our partners and fellow members of the Northern Sierra Partnership- Feather River Land Trust. (Source)
Fall foliage includes black oak, cottonwood, large willow stands, and golden grasses. Fall is also a good time for bird watching with bald and golden eagles, wild turkeys, red-shouldered hawks, and owls. (Source)
While there are no formal trails on the property, dirt and sparsely trafficked paved roads offer routes to explore the land. Feather River Land Trust suggests staying out of the tall grass to avoid rattlesnakes. Cyclists can cover more ground on paved and dirt roads that cross the property. (Source)
On the south side of the Truckee River downtown is a conspicuous piece of open space filled with aspen, sage, and better brush known as Truckee Springs. Developers have long eyed this beautiful 26-acre riverfront property, which provides critical wildlife habitat and contains some of Truckee’s richest history. (Source)
The Truckee Donner Land Trust, working closely with the Town of Truckee, is now under contract to purchase Truckee Springs, preserving and opening this previously inaccessible land. The timing of this conservation effort couldn’t be more perfect. Concern that Truckee is losing its charm, character, and funkiness has recently grown. Protecting open space in the downtown core, rather than building yet another subdivision, will help preserve what people love about this place. (Source)
This property is Truckee’s golden spike. It will connect downtown to the river. Connect east to west via the Truckee River Legacy Trail.
The New Addition
Working with the Town of Truckee, the dream of the Truckee River Legacy Trail is becoming a reality. The goal is to have both segments of the trail and the bridge completed by the end of summer 2023. It may look like messy construction now, but the result will be worth the wait.
A multi-use trail will give everyone full access to the beautiful open space and Truckee River right in the heart of the community. The staff has also installed fencing around unique wildlife habitats in a cottonwood stand next to the river to protect the area and ensure the critters that call that area home can remain undisturbed when Truckee Springs opens to the public. (Source)
Once the Legacy Trail is constructed, staff also have plans to continue to build more trials that will give access to different parts of the 67-acre property, including some river access.
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Howard, Greyson. “Hike of the Month: Fall Color Field Trip.” Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Donner Land Trust, 28 Sept. 2022, https://www.truckeedonnerlandtrust.org/news-events/hike-of-the-month-fall-color-field-trip.
“Truckee Springs.” Truckee Donner Land Trust, Feb. 2022, https://www.truckeedonnerlandtrust.org/truckee-springs.
Howard, Greyson. “Truckee Springs Update: Almost Ready to Enjoy.” Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Donner Land Trust, 28 Sept. 2022, https://www.truckeedonnerlandtrust.org/news-events/truckee-springs-update-almost-ready-to-enjoy.