The Truckee Donner Land Trust, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and the Northern Sierra Partnership, is seeking to acquire Coppins Meadow, a 153-acre meadow located at the headwaters of the Little Truckee River. The property shares a northern boundary with Webber Lake, acquired by the Land Trust in 2012.
Coppins Meadow is one of the last remaining developable parcels in a large conservation effort for the Little Truckee River Watershed, the largest sub-basin in the Truckee River drainage. In addition to being the largest sub-basin, the Little Truckee River watershed contains the largest complex of montane and subalpine meadows in the Truckee basin.
With easy access, Yosemite-quality granite, and a variety of climbs from beginner to extreme, Donner Summit has become a world-class rock climbing destination. Black Wall is a 350-foot granite wall off of Old Highway 40 just east of Donner Summit that includes some of the area’s longest and most historic rock climbing routes.
The Truckee Donner Land Trust, in partnership
with the Access Fund, a national climbing
advocacy organization, has signed a letter of
intent to purchase 10 acres west of Donner
Lake that includes Black Wall. The acquisition
also includes two other well-known and
popular climbing areas: Peanut Gallery and
Black Wall has been in private ownership for
decades. There is now an opportunity to
ensure that Black Wall, Peanut Gallery and
Road Cut remain open forever.
An Opportunity in Castle Valley
Long on the Land Trust’s “radar” as an important acquisition, the Pendola Family, a longtime timber family in the area, has agreed to sell 413 acres at the entrance to Castle Valley to the Land Trust. The property, rich in resource and recreation values, will be conveyed to the U.S. Forest Service after the Land Trust makes improvements to the multi-use and popular trailhead.
The property was pulled from a several thousand-acre conservation transaction done in the 90’s because of its potential for development. Rumors of a hotel, golf course and tourist-based retail services existed for decades.
Van Norden Meadow Update
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Click here to download Anne Chadwick's informative piece on meadow restoration at Van Norden Meadow, "Just Add Water".
Click here for Yvon Chouinard's Op-Ed in the New York Times on obsolete dams.
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