May 31, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
Waddle Ranch, in the heart of the Martis Valley, is one of the Land Trust’s proudest conservation victories. Truckee Donner Land Trust Board Member, Janet Zipser Zipkin, will lead the hike through this forested wildlife sanctuary. As an added bonus, former Land Trust Board Member, David Brown, will share stories about the history of this land and the people who lived here.
This hike is approximately 6 miles round-trip with moderate elevation gains; moderate difficulty due to uneven terrain and elevation gain; approximately 4 hours round trip. Sorry no dogs.
The Waddle Ranch, just north of Highway 267 between Truckee and Kings Beach, was logged in the Comstock era and then bought by the Waddle family in the 1880s to use for grazing livestock. Some of the most valuable land was sold in 1971 to the Pritzker family which owns Hyatt hotels. In 2003, Placer County authorized up to 6,000 new homes, resort hotels, shopping malls and golf courses, which outraged conservationists. The Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land purchased the 1,462-acre Waddle Ranch for preservation in 2007. Waddle Ranch is an important wildlife corridor and is now managed by the Truckee Airport as a recreational area. Several forest thinning projects were conducted to restore forest density and reduce fire threat. Now sugar pines will be planted to restore forest composition.
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