Truckee PUD sells 160-acre McGlashan Springs parcel to Tahoe Donner for preservation
May 31, 2011
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In a move aimed at preserving regional open space, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District has approved the sale of 160 acres to the Tahoe Donner Association, on conditions of continued maintenance.
According to a press release, TDPUD approved the $775,000 sale of the 160-acre McGlashan Springs property on May 4. This undeveloped land and#8212; located on the southern side of Tahoe Donner’s boundaries originally acquired by TDPUD in the 1940s and#8212; contains the original springs that supplied water to the Truckee community.
In an interview last week, TDPUD spokesman Steven Poncelet said the sale will ensure the property receives the best care possible under the care of Tahoe Donner’s current forestry program.
and#8220;With the McGlashan Springs property we didn’t have any operational need for it … and the district was searching to find the best way to have it maintained and protected,and#8221; Poncelet said.
Under the terms of an easement (which allows TDPUD to access the property) within the sale, the Tahoe Donner Association is required to preserve the property’s spring water, riparian zones, cedar grove and charcoal kilns while also being required to consider construction of a trail link from the Donner Lake Rim Trail.
Tahoe Donner also plans to use the parcel for defensible space fire protection and recreation.
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and#8220;The McGlashan Springs property is an important part of our community’s history which should be preserved for future generations,and#8221; said Jeff Bender, president of the TDPUD board, in a statement. and#8220;The board takes this responsibility seriously. The sale to the Tahoe Donner Association and#8212; including the easement and#8212; will benefit our customers and ensure that the property is well protected and maintained.and#8221;
Ron Wulff, president of the Tahoe Donner Association board, said he believes the property will greatly benefit members both for recreational purposes and for further protecting homes from the threat of wildfire.
and#8220;We have a world-class forestry management team here at Tahoe Donner to maintain the property,and#8221; Wulff said in a statement. and#8220;This property will also allow the expansion of the existing 35 miles of recreational trails throughout Tahoe Donner, and may even provide a connection to the Donner Rim Trail.and#8221;
The Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit working to preserve Truckee’s natural resources, praised the sale as a responsible way to preserve the property from future development.
and#8220;The TDPUD is to be commended for assuring this piece of Truckee’s history, along with important natural features, will be preserved in perpetuity,and#8221; said Kaitlin Backlund, MAPF executive director, in a statement.
The sale follows Tahoe Donner’s acquisition last spring of an adjacent 240-acre property known as the Bucknam Tract. That purchase was made in partnership with the town of Truckee and the Truckee Donner Land Trust, according to a Tahoe Donner press release, protecting a unique gateway area for open space.