Ponderosa Ranch to install erosion control measures; no further development in sight | SierraSun.com

Ponderosa Ranch to install erosion control measures; no further development in sight

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; Upcoming construction at the private Ponderosa Ranch, where parts of the TV show and#8220;Bonanzaand#8221; were filmed, does not indicate plans to develop or redevelop the site, a representative said this week.

and#8220;We often hear rumors about plans to develop the ranch property in one way or another, but there are no plans for development of the property at this time,and#8221; said Elizabeth Tuoto, a spokesperson for David Duffield, the billionaire software entrepreneur who purchased the Incline property in 2004 from the Anderson family.

The ranch opened as a theme park in 1967, and itand#8217;s estimated it saw as many as 200,000 visitors a year in the early 2000s. In September 2004, the ranch closed indefinitely.

This summer, the ranch will undergo installation of Best Management Practice erosion control measures on the parking lot adjacent to Highway 28.

and#8220;There is a need to protect Lake Tahoeand#8217;s water quality and we want to do our part,and#8221; Tuoto said.

The project begins in July.

Duffield has already restored more than four acres of sensitive lands on the upper-elevation areas of the property, refurbishing old roads and bolstering drainage elements, Tuoto said.

and#8220;Anything major property owners can do to help the lake is a positive thing,and#8221; said Tahoe Regional Planning Agency spokesman Dennis Oliver regarding Duffieldand#8217;s plans. and#8220;Itand#8217;s important not only for major land owners to do this, for everybody to do it. The most effective way to treat polluted run-off find a way to infiltrate as close to the source as possible.and#8221;

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