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Opinion: We must stop over-development near Olympic Valley

There are currently numerous large projects being planned that would forever change the Lake Tahoe Basin, destroying the natural beauty for future generations.

The Lake Tahoe basin is a national treasure, and we should band together to protect it from over-development. It is imperative that we preserve the wilderness areas so that generations to come can enjoy the natural scenery.

In just one small area, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, the following projects are in the planning stages:

Approximately 94 acres in Squaw Valley to include 1,500 bedrooms and over 200,000 square feet of commercial development, including an in-door amusement park, all constructed over a 25-year building period — the Village at Squaw Valley project is planned by KSL Capitol Partners LLC

A gondola from Squaw to Alpine, cutting across the Five Lakes Trail and the Granite Chief Wilderness ­— a project planned by KSL Capital Partners LLC, in cooperation with Troy Caldwell

White Wolf development: 38 homes and supporting structures in Alpine Meadows — a project planned by Troy Caldwell.

Alpine Sierra Subdivision: a 38 home project planned by Chris Nelson of Capstone Partners, LLC.

Can you imagine roads, houses and the grinding of an overhead gondola as you hike the Five Lakes Trail? Do we want future generations attending an indoor amusement park instead of enjoying the peaceful great outdoors?

We must work to stop this development by private interests, motivated only by profits. This over-development will destroy the very thing that has attracted people to Lake Tahoe.

Let’s work together to keep natural areas for the enjoyment of future generations and for the wild animals whose habitats are rapidly diminishing.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Sierra Watch (www.sierrawatch.org) and Protect Granite Chief (https://protectgranitechief.wordpress.com/).

Judy Bruner

Saratoga, Calif.

Second home-owner, Alpine Meadows

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