Perazzo Meadows preservation near Truckee a done deal |

Perazzo Meadows preservation near Truckee a done deal

Sierra Sun file photoA view of Perazzo Meadows. The Meadow has been purchased by the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

TRUCKEE “-The Truckee Donner Land Trust finalized ownership of almost 1,000 acres earlier this week.

Perazzo Meadows, a rare sub-alpine meadow north of Truckee along the headwaters of the Little Truckee River, changed hands from Siller Brothers, Inc. to the land Trust for about $4 million.

Now, the land trust has to figure out what happens next with the preserved property.

“The trail work we have planned are funded through private donations, so we hope that can start this summer,” said Perry Norris, executive director of the Truckee Donner Land Trust.

But unfortunately, watershed restoration work planned for the Little Truckee River in Perazzo Meadows, dependent on state funding, is now on hold, he said.

The work for the 2.5-mile stretch of the Truckee tributary was planned for the Truckee River Watershed Council and the U.S. Forest Service, Norris said.

In a previous interview, Lisa Wallace, executive director of the watershed council, said plans for Perazzo including putting the stream back on its natural course ” once diverted for grazing ” stabilize the stream’s banks, and restore stream habitat.

In a previous interview, Norris said the Land Trust got lucky ” barely escaping the state grant freeze in the purchase of Perazzo Meadows.

“If we were set to close one week later the deal would have been kaput,” Norris said. “We are as lucky as we can be.”

The acquisition comes at a time when logging companies such as Siller Brothers and Sierra Pacific Industries could start selling land to developers, so preserving that land as open space keeps rural sprawl from developing outside of core communities like Truckee, he said in June.

In the long run, Norris said that while the land Trust is prepared to hold the land for now, he would like to see the property owned by the public, whether by the U.S. Forest Service or a state agency.

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