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Truckee Donner Land Trust
Truckee Donner Land Trust Dinner

Date: August 26
Time: 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Lake Mary
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Preserving and protecting important recreation, scenic and historic open spaces in the Truckee Donner area.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to preserve and protect important historic, recreational, and scenic open spaces in the greater Truckee Donner region. All cash donations to the Land Trust are tax-deductible under the Internal Revenue Service Code. Please consult your tax advisor for details.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust was founded in 1990 when the picturesque and historical Coldstream Valley next to Donner Lake was about to be lost to logging. A small group of passionate hikers joined together, raised $150,000, and purchased 160 acres in the valley.

With over 1,400 members, the Land Trust is governed by its Board of Directors and has three full-time and one part-time staff. So far we have protected over 16,000 acres. In the coming years, we are planning to protect another 24,500 acres with a value in excess of $70 million.

What They Do:
The Truckee Donner 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, such as the Sierra College campus in downtown Truckee
  2. Natural areas that aren't yet threatened by imminent development and therefore are more affordable, such as Gray Creek
  3. Large open spaces that are threatened by immediate development and therefore expensive, but also of great value to the community, such as Negro Canyon
We are also the stewards and builders of the Donner Lake Rim Trail, a 23-mile multi-use trail with great economic and recreational value. The Land Trust organizes trail building, hiking, biking, and other outdoors events for Truckee locals and visitors. We strive to keep our operating expenses as low as possible. As a result of our efforts, we are able to maintain our expenses at less than 9 percent of the dollar value of the land preserved by our work.

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