Friday, November 02, 2007

1,462 Acre Waddle Ranch is California's Latest Open Space

The Truckee Donner Land Trust and Trust for Public Land announced Thursday that they had purchased the 1,462 acre Waddle Ranch in Martis Valley (just off Hwy 267 between Truckee and Lake Tahoe), ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy this relatively untouched section of Tahoe wilderness. It is one of the biggest open space deals in the Sierra to date.

Quote from the SF Chronicle article (which also includes a great set of pictures):

The executive director of the Truckee Donner Land Trust told his son how he had been working for some eight years trying to save the biologically rich area from developers who wanted to build a hotel, golf course and some 600 units of housing right where they were standing. His son looked around and said, "Dad, grown-ups shouldn't build houses in places like this." And now they won't.
Right on, brother. I'm sure a lot of people were behind this happening, much of the same people targeting the next section of wilderness near Northstar to be preserved. It continues to amaze me how these trusts are so effective. My thanks to their tireless effort!

Now, did anyone see a trailhead on this property? I sense the inaugural Waddle Ranch 50k may already be in the works!

- SD


  1. What an awesome effort by Perry Norris and the Truckee Donner Land Trust!
    Maybe the proceeds of a new trail run can help speed up the estimated two years worth of trail-building work.

  2. What wonderful news! So great to hear more of nature is being preserved :)

  3. This is truly a huge triumph. The development of Martis Vally has been a huge issue in the 7 years that I have lived here in Truckee. It's great to have more trails, but what is really important is the fact that this will now remain open space. Thanks so much for the tireless efforts of everyone in the community who worked for this. And as usual, thanks for bringing it to everyone's attention Scott!

  4. Cool, as long as no violent golfer backlash...


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