Truckee Donner Land Trust acquires conservation easement near Northstar

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TRUCKEE, CALIF. The Truckee Donner Land Trust (Land Trust) announced today that Northstar California Resort donated a conservation easement on 56-acres to meet conditions specified by Placer County associated with Promised Land Express lift mountain improvements.  Before finalizing the conservation easement donation, Northstar treated the 56 acres for fuels reduction and wildlife enhancement, as recommended in the Northstar Habitat Management Plan, in concert with providing additional stewardship funds to the Land Trust.

“We are thrilled the Truckee Donner Land Trust can hold these conservation easements and retain these lands in perpetuity for natural resource values,” said Nadia Guerriero, vice president and general manager at Northstar California.  “We’ve worked diligently with the Land Trust for years to ensure that conservation priorities are secured. The Land Trust continues to be an instrumental environmental partner and huge asset to the Truckee region.”

This 56-acre conservation easement is located in the western portion of the Northstar California Resort land holdings, in an area with high habitat conservation value.  This easement complements the 233 acre easement on the east side of SR 267 and the 37 acre easement near the Village at Northstar already held by the Land Trust on Northstar land.  These easements provide access to public recreational lands and are important for water quality protection as they contain diverse riparian waterways. 

 “Northstar has been a great partner to the Land Trust on so many initiatives, not only with the conservation easements protecting the land around Lookout Mountain and the new Promised Land Express lift, but also in facilitating much appreciated grant funding from Vail Resorts,” said John Svahn, Stewardship Director of Truckee Donner Land Trust. “As the days lengthen and we transition from skiing to hiking season, we’re delighted to open trail connectivity from Waddle Ranch Preserve to Northstar with our new Elizabethtown Trail, which has already proven popular with Northstar visitors.”

The conservation checkerboard in the Martis Valley region continues to accumulate green conservation squares through the Land Trust mission to preserve and protect scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource values in the greater Truckee Donner region. It manages recreational activities on these lands in a sustainable manner for the benefit of the community.