Cleaning up Martis Valley |

Cleaning up Martis Valley

Greyson Howard
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Greyson Howard/Sierra SunJessi Hall (left) and Mary Elliott (right) with Patagonia clear barbed wire from Waddle Ranch Wednesday afternoon.

Patagonia is helping the Truckee Donner Land Trust clear barbed wire in Waddle Ranch in the Martis Valley.

Jessi Hall, Mary Elliott, Maggie Mroczkowski and Amelia Horlak are among Patagonia Reno staff volunteering to clear barbed wire for the benefit of wildlife.

Sara Taddo Jones of the Truckee Donner Land Trust said Patagonia Reno staff submitted for a grant to use staff time for volunteer labor for the project, but property owners in the Martis Valley have been trying to remove the livestock fencing for almost a decade.

“The Martis Valley floor and Martis Creek are our No. 1 priority because wildlife tends to move in those corridors,” Taddo Jones said.

The Patagonia staffers said they saw practicing what Patagonia preaches as an important part of the job.

“It’s crucial we participate in and have knowledge of the company’s core values to advocate them,” Horlak said.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust has also recently conveyed Waddle Ranch to the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, according to Executive Director Perry Norris.