Euer Valley sale falls through |

Euer Valley sale falls through

More than 500 acres of forested land used by Tahoe Donner Association for its cross country ski center nearly changed hands this week, but the deal fell through when the buyer didn’t hold up its end of the bargain.

The Euer Valley, a largely undeveloped basin filled with wild grass, pine and fir located between Carpenter Valley and Donner Ridge, has been used for ranching by the Euer family for generations.

More recently, Tahoe Donner Association leased access rights to many of the trails meandering through Euer’s property for equestrian uses and for Nordic skiing during the winter.

“Tahoe Donner was not investigating (purchasing) that opportunity,” said Bob Broyer, manager of the Tahoe Donner Association.

Euer said the deal fell through when the buyer decided – because of the economy – to hold back.

The action prompted owner John Euer to discuss the possibility of selling a portion of the property to all three neighboring property owners: Donner Euer Valley Corporation, whose cattle brand and common name is “7C,” Charles Willis and James McClatchy, who Euer believes is related to the McClatchy family that owns the Sacramento Bee.

Previously the property was not listed for sale.

“We hadn’t planned on selling it, but we had an offer and we discussed it,” said Euer Wednesday.

The association’s current lease extends beyond next winter. If the property was to change hands, Tahoe Donner would likely retain rights to use the trails on Euer’s property until the lease expires, said Andrew Hall, manager of Tahoe Donner’s cross country center.

Euer did say that he will select a buyer that will keep the property undeveloped.

“We don’t want to sell it for development,” said Euer. “We want to keep it as is. So we will select a buyer for that.”

The 720-acre property has been used for ranching by the Euer family up until this year. Euer plans to lease the property to another rancher, the first time someone other than his own family has had cattle on the property.

Euer, a fourth generation rancher in California, said his family purchased the property in 1868.

“I think we were the first patented owner of that property.” he said.

Euer said he will entertain offers to purchase between 160 to 520 acres.

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