Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Donner Summit open space saved from development

A 3,000 acre parcel on Donner Summit has been purchased by non-profit land trusts for public use.  The Truckee Donner Land Trust and Trust for Public Land struck a deal with the courts to purchase the land for a reported $13.5 million dollars.
The land had most recently been purchased by a developer for $30 million with the intention to build a housing development for 950 homes. The property went to foreclosure last year.

The trusts plan to tear down fences and open the land up to the public.  Areas of the property have lakes, old-growth fir trees, and the headwaters for three major rivers.  Conservationists are calling this purchase a huge win for the preservation of this unique alpine pass.
The Royal Gorge cross country ski resort property is included in the purchase.  Sugarbowl ski resort is expected to take over skiing operations for Royal Gorge.
Funding is an issue for the non-profits.  They have to raise the 13.5 million by the end of this year to complete the purchase.  However, they are confident that the money will be raised in time.

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