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Canyon Springs (part 2): Glenshire group watching for wildlife

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE ” One local group, Save Open Space around Glenshire, has been looking into exactly why wildlife use the woods near the Canyon Springs subdivision, whose new property owners are weighing their options on the Glenshire-area property.

Christopher Huck of Duke Huycke LLC, which formed as the landholders for the property, is starting to plan the development’s next steps.

The open space group in Glenshire, meanwhile, has solicited wildlife sightings from local residents on its web page, sosglenshire.org, said Martha Frantz, secretary of the group’s board.

“People have been so responsive in the last two months,” she said.

Lori Kelly of SOS Glenshire said the group has already received 200 sightings in a month and a half.

The Wildlife Sightings Project on their website will continue through the year, Kelly said.

Those sightings have included deer, likely from the Loyalton-Truckee herd, birds, and maybe even a mountain lion.

“Wildlife experts we’ve spoken to agree that wildlife is impacted by development and human activity, the question is east of Glenshire is it a significant impact or critical ” we don’t know,” Frantz said.

Board President Leigh Golden said a formal study will be an important next step, as the last wildlife survey was likely as much as 20 years ago.

This makes the group wary of development at Canyon Springs, which potentially lands in a deer migration corridor, she said.

“We continue to promote studies that foster preservation of open space there, but at the same time study mitigation measures for development if it comes to that,” Frantz said.

Golden said the group needs to see what the property owners propose first, but added Truckee should probably look to infill development, not sprawl.

“Ultimately it’s up to the community, we’re just bringing the issues to light,” Golden said.

Frantz said SOS Glenshire has a cordial relationship with the new property owners.


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