Martis Creek trails get help
Staff reportsAs part of Truckee River Day on Sunday, the trails that skirt Martis Creek, the popular local spot for hikers and dog walkers, will get a face lift. The problem is that the trails were never constructed with erosion control and watershed protection in mind, according to Beth Christman of the Truckee River Watershed Council.”We want people to know that we are not taking out any of the hiking trails. Our efforts are strictly to make those trails better for both hikers and wildlife in the Martis Valley,” Christman said.The work along Martis Creek will include rerouting small eroding portions of the hiking trail away from the creek, installing a boardwalk over sensitive wetland areas, and creating a better overall habitat for the fish and wildlife in the area. Making the improvements possible is a $10,000 donation from Tahoe Mountain Resorts’ environmental fund.”The money donated from Tahoe Mountain Resorts will really help us make that happen,” Christman said.Truckee River Day is set for Oct. 17. It is an annual event that brings hundreds of volunteers out to the Truckee River and its tributaries for a day of work, fun and education about our local watershed. This year, at the ninth annual Truckee River Day, there will be 16 different projects volunteers can participate in, from planting trees and shrubs along riverbanks to picking up trash to pulling weeds. Those interested in participating in this year’s Truckee River Day are asked to pre-register by contacting the Truckee River Watershed Council at 550-8760 or visiting http://www.truckeeriverday.org.Snacks and water will be provided, and at the end of the day food will be available for sale at the Granite Flat Campground. There will also be educational booths and activities for kids.Tahoe Mountain Resorts is the umbrella organization for four local developments including, Old Greenwood, Gray’s Crossing, the Village at Northstar and the Highlands.
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