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Input sought on Royal Gorge’s recreation plan

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Pending a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board, the acquisition of Royal Gorge is nearing completion, and the Truckee Donner Land Trust is readying a public outreach process to help guide future management of the nearly 3,000-acre property.

The Land Trust has retained Heidi Kolbe and Company to facilitate community meetings and focus groups that will take place in July and August, the organization said in a Tuesday press release.

There are several methods to provide input: community meetings, focus groups, property tours, online surveys and one-on-one meetings. The information will be used to build consensus for the master plan for the long-term future of the property.

Further, Royal Gorge property tours are being offered to familiarize the public with the area and will be led by knowledgeable Land Trust staff, board and members of the Serene Lakes Property Owner's Association, according to the press release.

"The future management and stewardship of the Royal Gorge property is a substantial undertaking, and community input is vital to the Land Trust to guide its recreation plan," officials said. "The sizable property has enormous biological, historical, and recreational resources and encircles a large subdivision. The Land Trust has a proven record of being a good steward of lands it owns and manages, practicing sustainable forestry, and enhancing public recreation by constructing trailheads, trails and providing interpretative signage."

To learn more about the public outreach process, to provide input, and to sign up for Royal Gorge property tours, visit http://www.royalgorgeoutreach.org. Learn more about the Land Trust at http://www.tdlandtrust.org.