Van Zant joins Sierra Watch |

Van Zant joins Sierra Watch

Former Nevada County supervisor Peter Van Zant was hired by Sierra Watch to help stop development at Donner Summit.

Van Zant will serve as a field director for the Nevada City-based nonprofit. He served two terms as a Nevada County supervisor and is a past president of the South Yuba River Citizens League.

As Sierra Watch’s field director, Van Zant’s primary responsibility will be to lead the effort to defend Donner Summit from harmful development, said Executive Director Tom Mooers in a statement.

“One of the important roles he will play is figuring out a winning conservation effort,” Mooers said.

The owners of Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort have proposed a 900-home development near the headwaters of the Yuba River. Sierra Watch has hired several experts to determine how the development will impact the natural resources.

Mooers and Van Zant spent Tuesday in Truckee, visiting the Martis Valley and Donner Summit to orient the field director on the area proposed for development.

” Sun staff reports

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