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Controlled Burns Scheduled for Fall

Forestry Crew to Burn Slash Piles

During the fall season, the Tahoe Donner Association forestry department will once again be burning piles of vegetative debris throughout the property. The department has obtained two separate permits that allow us to burn material. A project burn permit has been obtained from Truckee Fire Protection District (TFPD), which gives us permission to burn numerous, larger piles than allowed under the residential burn permit. An additional air pollution permit has been obtained from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District. This permit provides guidelines on which days to burn large piles with proper air dispersion to avoid affecting the local population.

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Before TDA forestry crews burn piles on any given day, we notify TFPD, CAL FIRE, US Forest Service and any agency that may see or be affected by the burning operation. Locally, TDA’s Member Services Office will have a list of the daily burning locations. At the burn site, signs will be posted notifying passersby of the operation.

The concentrated areas of burning to be completed include: Bennett Flat Road, Tundra Drive/KT Court, Falcon Point Place/Muhlebach Way, Northwoods Boulevard/Chamonix Road, Skislope Way, Cristallina Way and Euer Valley.

September 16, 2014


Are You Burning Debris Legally?



Burn permits are required for members of the association for debris burning. Burning season usually starts around the end of October. Once we receive several inches of measurable precipitation and it is deemed safe to burn piles, CAL FIRE will lift the burn ban in the Truckee area. Tahoe Donner does not regulate the burning of debris; however, burning in the association is only permitted once the burn ban has been lifted through Dec. 31 of a given year.

To burn dead limbs, pine needles and other vegetative debris collected from your improved property, you must obtain a residential burn permit from either the Truckee Fire Protection District (TFPD) located at 11473 Donner Pass Road or CAL FIRE located at 10277 Truckee Tahoe Airport Road. Undeveloped properties must obtain a project burn permit from TFPD as well as an air pollution permit. Once you obtain your burning permit and intend to burn on a given day, you must call 530-582-1027 to confirm it is a permissible burn day. Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District manages the burn day status with the predicted weather conditions. If it is a burn day, you must then call TFPD to report you are burning at your given location.

The following are burning permit terms for vegetative material:

• Maximum pile size is four feet in diameter.
• The area within ten feet of the outer edge of the pile must be maintained free and clear of all flammable material and vegetation.
• An adult must be in attendance with a shovel until the fire is out.
• A water supply must be located at the burn site.
• It is a good idea to cover your piles before fall rain to keep the material dry for efficient burning with little pollution.

If you have any questions about burning on your property, please call TFPD at 530-582-7850 or the forestry department of Tahoe Donner at 530-587-9432.

September 12, 2014


No Open Fires



Please no open fires as dangerous fire conditions are expected! For more information about fire danger and what is allowed, please visit our covenants page.

Information on Defensible Space:

Unprecedented weather conditions in Truckee and Tahoe this past winter means we are heading into a summer of dangerous fire conditions. Compounding this is a forecast calling for more extreme weather swings with high winds and lower than normal humidity resulting in drier conditions.

Since 2007, Tahoe Donner has actively pursued improved defensible space through the Defensible Space program implemented by the Forestry Department. If you have any concerns or questions about your defensible space, our friendly forestry staff will be glad to assist. It is important to review your defensible space and maintain your property on an annual basis in preparation for a potential wildfire event. The requirements of our defensible space program mimics a low-intensity wildfire, which helps reduce the risk of a wildfire moving from the ground to the tree canopy.

Even tiny fires can quickly spread into a major problem. Extreme caution should be used when using outdoor fire pits and BBQs this summer! When enjoying these outdoor activities, be sure to have rapid response items in place to extinguish embers, including but not limited to: a water source (a bucket of water if not near a hose or spigot), a rake, and a shovel.

Learn how you can prepare your property for defensible space and reduce potential fire hazards this summer by visiting Tahoe Donner’s forestry pages at tahoedonner.com/forestry and CAL Fire’s website ReadyForWildfire.org. Additionally, it is encouraged that each household review their emergency preparedness and evacuation plan in the event of an actual emergency. A hard copy of this plan is available at our Member Services and Architectural Standards offices. Call our professional Forestry Department at 530-587-9432 with further questions.

May 23, 2014

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Volunteer



Get involved by volunteering with Tahoe Donner!

Tahoe Donner’s volunteer program provides members with an opportunity to get involved in the Tahoe Donner and Truckee/Tahoe Community. You can get involved and get first-hand experience in providing recreational opportunities and benefits to amenities through various opportunities including event preparation and crew participation, club related volunteer events/activities, and leadership of other volunteers.

Additionally, we will be linking members who are interested in volunteer work with Tahoe Donner club activities and events, as well as Truckee/Tahoe events like Truckee Clean Up Day and the annual Truckee River Day. Tahoe Donner clubs such as the Tennis Club, Friends of the Tahoe Donner Trails Club, Senior Alpine Ski Club, and Men’s Golf Club all have a multitude of activities and events with volunteer aspects to make their programs successful.

Our most recent Board of Directors Election is also an excellent example of volunteerism in Tahoe Donner.  We have five very active volunteers who have committed their time to be on the board of directors, but they are also supported by active volunteer committees which provide excellent resources for the board and management alike.  We thank them for their efforts and continued commitment to Tahoe Donner.

Summer 2014 Trails Volunteer Opportunities

We have had a great turnout for various volunteer events this summer, including the June Trails Day, Golf Course and Downhill Ski Area clean up days, Sugar Pine tree planting, and Alder Creek Meadows clean up day. We’ll have another clean up day in September. See our Trails Volunteer page for more information and updates.

How You Can Get Involved:

Request to be on the Tahoe Donner Volunteer Group. Individuals, families or groups on this list will be contacted for every volunteer opportunity. Tahoe Donner Volunteer Group enrollment requests are made directly to Annie Rosenfeld, Director of Facilities and Risk Management at arosenfeld@tahoedonner.com.

Request to be on a specific event volunteer list. Individuals, families or groups can request to be on a specific event volunteer crew. Specific TDA Management contact will be given for each event for members to contact and enroll for volunteer activities.

Get involved with a Tahoe Donner chartered club. Many of the chartered clubs have active volunteer programs which directly benefit their “home” amenity.

Finally, offerings of upcoming volunteer events will be communicated in the Monday Member email blasts. If you are not receiving this important Tahoe Donner business-related communication, please email comdep@tahoedonner.com to request enrollment.

June 14, 2012


Firewood on Sale

Tahoe Donner has a mixture of red fir, white fir, Jeffrey pine and lodgepole pine for sale. The wood is cut into firewood rounds approximately 16 inches in length. The 2013 cost for wood is $80 plus tax per cord. Permits for cords are sold at the member services Office. Permits for cords are good only for the year in which they are purchased. No refunds are available.

After purchasing a permit at the member services office, wood must be picked up at the Tahoe Donner wood yard. The wood yard is located off the dirt road between 12469 and 12605 Skislope Way and is open on select weekends. There is no delivery and no split wood available. Members are responsible for loading their own vehicles.

The wood yard is open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the following days:
August 30-31
September 27-28

Questions? Please contact the Tahoe Donner Forestry Department at (530) 587-9432.

June 14, 2012

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Forestry Facility Opens

Ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Tahoe Donner's new forestry facility...

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