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Town, chamber back Truckee conservancy

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

The Truckee Town Council and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce are sending letters to regional and state officials involved in the start-up of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, letting them know that Truckee is interested in serving as the headquarters of the new state agency.

Truckee ” along with Nevada City, Auburn, Colfax and Placerville ” are all situated near the midpoint of the conservancy boundaries that stretch from near Kernville to the Oregon border. They also have similar degrees of accessibility to Sacramento, where the seven state representatives of the 13-member board will be stationed.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy, signed into law in September by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will direct funding into the 22 mountain counties that hold the bulk of many of the state’s natural resources.

While Truckee officials say that the town has significant virtues in location, current nonprofit headquarters and natural setting, the letter that the town will send out will be “low key,” said Tony Lashbrook, Truckee community development director.

The letter will say, “Truckee’s here, we’re interested, so when you begin your selection process, we want to be involved,” Lashbrook said.

The sales pitch, some council members said, will come after the state sets the criteria for a headquarter location.

“I think that it is a really good idea to be gearing up to make a presentation highlighting some of the attributes [of Truckee],” said Councilwoman Barbara Green.

Councilman Josh Susman said the effort to snag the conservancy is an opportunity for collaboration throughout the Sierra, and the town should work to make partners, not adversaries, in the search for a headquarters.

“Make friends of cities rather than go head-to-head,” advised Susman.

Councilwoman Beth Ingalls agreed.

“I want to be collaborative rather than iron-fisted about it,” said Ingalls.

The chamber of commerce supported endorsing the conservancy in Truckee at its January meeting, but the organization’s nine-person board is waiting to write a letter until the town officials take the lead, said chamber President Lynn Saunders.

“We think that it is a favorable thing for Truckee and we want to support it when the time is right,” said Saunders.

The conservancy’s goals ” attracting funding and promoting tourism and recreation ” mesh well with the chamber’s mission, she said.

The town’s letter will likely go out to county representative Ted Owens, the state resources agency and possibly state Assemblyman Tim Leslie.


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