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Truckee Trails gearing up for summer

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; Summer is around the corner and the Truckee Trails Foundation is gearing up with trail maintenance, education and advocacy programs for trail users in the region.

First up, scheduled for May 1, is some spring cleaning on the Truckee River Legacy Trail.

and#8220;There is a lot of sand, especially where it goes under Highway 267, and pine needles, so itand#8217;s kind of unsafe,and#8221; said Allison Pedley, the foundationand#8217;s executive director.

A big shift for the foundation this year will be moving away from one big day of trail maintenance and#8212; Truckee Trails Day and#8212; to work days throughout the summer, Pedley said.

and#8220;Weand#8217;ll initially focus on the Donner Lake Rim Trail. The Truckee Donner Land Trust is building it, but they donand#8217;t have the resources to maintain it, and it gets beat up in the winter,and#8221; Pedley said.

Truckee Trails Foundation will continue work on extending the Legacy Trail and#8212; which now stretches from the Truckee Regional Park through Riverview Sports Park and#8212; with the ultimate goal of taking it from the east end of Donner Lake all the way to Glenshire, Pedley said.

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Finding funding for trails

The group is also trying out new ways to fund their efforts in a down economy.

and#8220;We continue to have a great base of support from our members and#8212; we have a lot of trail lovers here,and#8221; Pedley said.

But when it comes to grant writing, she said itand#8217;s tough to compete and#8212; or want to compete, with nonprofits in the health and human services side of things.

Thatand#8217;s where a new credit card program comes in and#8212; Capital One allows nonprofits like the Truckee Trails Foundation to create a custom credit card, Pedley said, and when people sign up Capital One donates $50 to the foundation.

The foundation also gets between 1 percent and 10 percent of peopleand#8217;s spending on those credit cards going forward.

The foundationand#8217;s credit cards feature photos from Olof Carmel, Larry Prosor and Jeff Bryant.

To learn more or to apply, go to

Other events

Beyond trail building, maintenance and advocacy, Truckee Trails has a list of educational and entertainment events this summer too.

Childrenand#8217;s activities will include bike safety, repair and even geocaching with child-friendly GPS devises that will get children out and exploring, Pedley said.

Sunday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Walkinand#8217; Jim Stoltz will perform at Donner Memorial State Park Museum, benefiting the Truckee Trails Foundation. Tickets and more information is available at Pacoand#8217;s Bike and Ski or by calling Pedley at 587-5214.

And Friday, July 30, New Belgium Brewery comes back, this time hosting their inaugural Clips of Faith amateur film and beer festival.