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TRUCKEE DONNER LAND TRUST

Protect and Enjoy

Truckee, CA   |  www.tdlandtrust.org

Mission

To Protect and Enjoy Open Space, For Nature, For People, Forever.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

John Svahn

Co-Executive Director

John Svahn

Main address

PO Box 8816

Truckee, CA 96162 USA

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EIN

68-0245327

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While much of the Sierra south of Lake Tahoe is public land operated primarily by the US Forest Service and National Park Service, the greater Truckee-Donner region is characterized by a legacy land-use pattern known as the Sierra Nevada Checkerboard – where every other square mile of land is private (transitioning from private timber to development). Those private parcels threaten contiguous habitat and open space with rural sprawl, breaking up wildlife migration corridors and public recreation opportunities. Additionally, increased development pressure in the area due to the region’s popularity as a recreation destination further threatens the loss of open space. All of these factors threaten area ecosystems and watersheds, increase catastrophic wildfire risk, and hamper recreational enjoyment of the unique landscape.

Our programs

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Land Conservation and Stewardship

The Truckee Donner Land Trust has protected nearly 40,000 acres of open space, built more than 45 miles of trails, operates a public campground, and stewards all its lands for ecosystem health, fire resiliency, watershed preservation and sustainable recreation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Accreditation Commission 2013

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Truckee Donner Land Trust’s mission is to preserve and protect scenic, historic and recreational lands with high natural resource value in the greater Truckee Donner Region and manage recreational activity on these lands in a sustainable fashion. This means protecting – either by purchasing or with a conservation easement – private properties working with a willing seller or land owner. The Land Trust aims to protect the private parcels in the Sierra Nevada Checkerboard to create a contiguous land management pattern with the public parcels (US Forest Service) so that habitats, watersheds and recreational opportunities such as trails are uninterrupted and unimpaired by rural sprawl. Other priority landscapes include lands in the Truckee River corridor, small green spaces in urban areas to serve as public parks and other areas with high natural resource values threatened by development. To facilitate recreational opportunities, the Land Trust creates sustainable user amenities designed to minimize impact to the environment while allowing the public to enjoy the land – including trails, picnic areas and benches, a campground and plans to have a backcountry ski hut. Once lands are protected and appropriate recreational facilities are constructed, the Land Trust stewards each property to ensure ongoing forest, watershed and ecosystem health for future generations.

The Land Trust partners with state and federal agencies as well as other nonprofits to preserve and protect priority landscapes, working with willing sellers to create a win-win situation for both private and public interests. We carry out our mission by negotiating land acquisitions, easements, and land exchanges. Once we succeed in protecting the land, we work with experts to revitalize potentially impaired ecosystems and watersheds, restore forests for forest health and wildfire resiliency, and create appropriate trails and other amenities for the public to enjoy. The Land Trust uses long-established relationships with public agencies and fellow nonprofits to create effective fundraising strategies needed to meet the significant capital needs for a project. Beyond fundraising, the Land Trust also uses significant volunteer efforts in building and maintaining trails.

The Land Trust has a long-established and proven track record of successful conservation in the Truckee Donner region, protecting more than 36,000 acres since 1990. We have a nimble, talented staff and work collaboratively with partner organizations to help maximize our impact. We have developed deep and long-standing relationships with the community at both the public and private level. Led by a board of directors made up of the community we serve, our success over the years has earned the Land Trust a solid reputation as an organization that operates with both purpose and integrity.

To date the Truckee Donner Land Trust has protected more than 36,000 acres of open space in the Truckee Donner region, built more than 45 miles of trails, and opened a campground available to the public. From a natural resource perspective, that acreage includes critical headwater sources for the Truckee River and Yuba River, forest, meadow, riparian and other key habitats, and connected many, many more acres of public lands to create a continuous land management pattern not disrupted by rural sprawl.
Notable projects include:
Donner Summit
• Blackwall – 11.9 acres
• Royal Gorge – 3000 acres
• Johnson Canyon – 351 acres
• Billy Mack Canyon – 400 acres
• Perrazzo Meadow – 982 acres
Martis Valley
• Hopkins Ranch – 219 acres
• Elizabethtown Meadows – 155 acres
• Waddle Ranch Preserve – 1462 acres
• Northstar – 60-acre conservation easement
Sierra Nevada Checkerboard
• Pierce Meadow – 160 acres
• Cold Stream Meadow – 1320 acres
• Devils Peak – 960 acres
• Snow Mountain – 640 acres
• Carpenter Ridge/ Independence Lake – 2400 acres
• Henness Pass – 7000 acres
• Webber Lake/Lacey Meadows – 3000 acres
• Lower Carpenter Valley – 1320 acres

Financials

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TRUCKEE DONNER LAND TRUST

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sidney Scott

No Affiliation

Term: 2023 - 2025

Jennifer Kobert

Paco Lindsay

Ted Owens

Blair Porteous

Aparna Reddy

Mike Sabarese

Sidney Scott

Daniel Simmons

Jean Snuggs

Marc Randolph

JP Patkay

Linda Orandi

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/9/2023

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Leadership

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