Carpenter Valley is just north of Euer Valley. The Land Trust is announcing it is under contract to purchase 1,320 acres north of Truckee that include much of Carpenter Valley. This new acquisition follows a recent string of successful acquisitions that includes Waddle Ranch Preserve, Perazzo Meadows, Donner Summit Canyon, Webber Lake and Royal Gorge, to name a few.
Also part of the acquisition are 640 acres of uplands on the ridge separating Euer Valley and Carpenter Valley, including Crabtree Canyon. The three members of the LLC that have owned and stewarded the property for decades decided that the best outcome would be to conserve the property in perpetuity by selling it to the Land Trust. The Land Trust worked with the party’s respective attorneys on a total of nine complex agreements to achieve a resolution that was acceptable to all, ultimately hammering out a deal.
Working with the Northern Sierra Partnership and The Nature Conservancy, the Land Trust now has 24 months
to raise the $8 million needed to protect the property in perpetuity.
“Most of our Sierra meadows are seriously de- graded due to grazing, dams, roads, and development,” says John Svahn, the Land Trust’s Stewardship Director. “Carpenter Valley hasn’t been grazed in 40 years, and the sellers have taken extraordi- nary care of the property.”
Sierra Partnership. “For anyone who loves our corner of the Sierra, this is an opportunity for a true conservation victory.”
The north fork waters of Prosser Creek that run through the meadow are ideal for reintroduction of native Lahontan cutthroat trout. The property could also be the site of a future backcountry ski hut. Other amenities are likely to include bird watching, hiking, and picnicking.
The property is not open to the public until the Land Trust and its partners complete the acquisition in 2017. Please respect private property rights.
If you would like to be on the email list to be sent future plans of this acquisition, email Tahoe Donner Land Trust President, Perry Norris.