About Us

Our Mission

To preserve and protect scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource values in the greater Truckee Donner region and manage recreational activities on these lands in a sustainable manner.

Our History

In 1990, the beautiful Coldstream Valley near Donner Lake was about to be lost to logging. A small group of passionate hikers founded the Truckee Donner Land Trust and raised $150,000 to purchase 160 acres in the valley.

Over the years, The Truckee Donner Land Trust has protected more than 33,000 acres, ensuring continued recreational access and protecting lands for future generations. We are determined to protect another 24,500 acres in the coming years with a value of more than $40 million.

Today, the mountains, canyons, meadows, lakes and rivers that make the Truckee Donner region a great place to live, work, and play continues to face threats from unwise growth and development spilling over onto our treasured natural areas.

With support from our neighbors, donors, and partners, we can protect what we love today to enjoy forever.

Our Strategy

The Land Trust works with landowners, federal, state and local governments, and the public at large, to create win-win situations for private and public interests. We carry out our mission by negotiating land acquisitions, easements and land exchanges.

Our conservation strategy is three pronged. We work to protect:

1. Critical open spaces and greenbelts in the greater Truckee Donner region.
2. Natural areas that aren't yet threatened by imminent development and therefore are more affordable.
3. Large open spaces that are threatened by immediate development and therefore expensive, but also of great value to the community.

Our Trail Work

Public access and recreation are extremely important to the Land Trust’s work. We are the builders and stewards of the Donner Lake Rim Trail, a 23-mile multi-use trail. Volunteers can also join us in trail construction, maintenance, signage installation, and construction of picnic areas and campgrounds. Click here for our trailbuilding dates.

Our Events

The Land Trust organizes guided hikes, tours of Land Trust projects and other outdoor events for our valued donors, locals and visitors. Visit our Events Page and get out and enjoy!

Our Finances

We strive to keep our operating expenses as low as possible and our penny-pinching Executive Director is good at it. As a result, we are able to maintain expenses at less than 9 percent of the dollar value of the land preserved by our work.