Land Conservation

For more than 25 years, The Truckee Donner Land Trust has protected more than 35,000 acres, ensuring continued recreational access and protecting lands for future generations. Read more about our history and past successes on our About Us page, or lace up a pair of boots and experience Land Trust open space with trail descriptions, maps and more at Plan Your Visit.

We are determined to protect another 24,500 acres in the coming years with a value of over $40 million. Our current projects include:

The Campaign to Conserve Frog Lake, Red Mountain and Carpenter Ridge
The Truckee Donner Land Trust is excited to announce its latest campaign, working to preserve nearly 3,000 acres just north of Truckee, including a stunning lake never open to the public before. The Land Trust and its partners have until 2020 to raise $15 million, at which point the land would be open to the public, and the Land Trust's work to construct trails and access begins. Read more.

Olympic Meadow
Set at the entrance to Olympic Valley on the way into the famous Squaw Valley Ski Resort, this 30-acre property is steeped in history and includes forest, meadow and a stretch of Squaw Creek. The Land Trust is working with the Squaw Valley Public Service District to conserve this property and open it to the public. Read more.

Donner Lake Rim Trail
When complete, the Donner Lake Rim Trail will be an estimate 23-mile-long trail along the peaks and ridges above Donner Lake. In 2018, work begins on a new 4-mile stretch connecting existing trail near Glacier Way down to Northwoods Boulevard, where it will share a trailhead with the Trout Creek Trail. Read more.

Donner Summit Canyon
Donner Summit Canyon Trail has proven popular among locals and visitors alike. A section of trail washes out each winter, creating dangerous conditions for hikers, runners and bikers, while also threatening downstream water quality. The Land Trust has begun work to reroute the trail and to place a bridge over the drainage. Read more.

Carpenter Valley
Lower Carpenter Valley has been hailed as the Secret Garden of the Sierra by the press, boasting a beautiful meadow and rare species dependent on unique spring-fed fens. To date, the only way to visit Carpenter Valley has been on one of the Land Trust's docent-led hikes, but the Land Trust is working to create public access that will protect the valley's delicate wildlife. Read more.

Royal Gorge/Van Norden Meadow
The Truckee Donner Land Trust protected the 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property on Donner Summit from a potential 950-unit development in 2012. Working with partners, state and federal agencies, the Land Trust has been working to address a hazardous dam illegally holding water it doesn't have the rights to. Read more.

An aerial view of a few current projects: Frog Lake and Frog Lake Cliff (upper left), Red Mountain (in front of Frog Lake Cliff), Lower Carpenter Valley (front center) and Carpenter Ridge (right).