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National Trails Day This Saturday



National Trails Day this Saturday- Fun Family Event for all Ages

Join the trails department and the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club for a hiking tour of the McGlashan Springs and Bucknam Tract properties. This tour, of some of the most beautiful and historical areas in Tahoe Donner, will begin at 10 a.m. this Sat. (June 1) at the Bermgarten cul-de-sac just off Skislope Way. A map is available here.

The main hike will follow the jogging-stroller friendly dirt road. There will be frequent stops to look at the area’s hidden and lesser known gems, and to discuss the plans for developing trails in those areas, including the Donner Lake Rim Trail.

At the end of the dirt road, the hike will split into two groups. All those wishing to remain on the main road will head back to Bermgarten with Annie Rosenfeld, director of facilities and risk management, and all those wishing to go further will continue on an extended tour with Benjamin Levine from the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club. The extended tour will include some off-trail hiking, but most of it will be on rough bootleg trails.

The first portion of the extended hike will cross over onto the Bucknam Tract on a course that approximates one possible route for the Donner Lake Rim Trail. From there the hike will continue to a spectacular Donner Lake overlook via another bootleg trail across Forest Service land. Finally the hike will conclude by going off-trail again to see the McGlashan Springs themselves.

Approximate distance for Annie’s hike is 1.5 miles, while Benjamin’s extended hike is about 3.5 miles. Dogs on leash are welcome on both hikes.

For more information please contact the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club at tdtrails@gmail.com.

May 29, 2013

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TDPUD Pipeline Construction for Summer 2013

Truckee Donner PUD Pipeline Construction for Summer 2013

Truckee Donner PUD is contracting for water mainline replacements in the Tahoe Donner Area this summer (see map below). Work will begin in early May and will run through the summer construction period.

The work will begin on the Northwoods at Coyote Moon section as per the contract documents. The rest of the schedule will be discussed with the contractor at an upcoming pre-construction meeting once the contract documents are in place. The work will be sequential moving from one location to another so only one area will be impacted at a time.

The Truckee Donner PUD has undertaken this water mainline replacement project to address persistent leaks and an aging water system in Tahoe Donner. The Truckee Donner PUD has made significant investments in replacing Tahoe Donner’s water distribution system and fixing leaks over the last decade, resulting in substantial water savings.  Although these projects can cause some short-term traffic disruptions and delays, the reduced water waste and associated energy savings due to reduced pumping costs are there for the long-term!

Download a larger PDF file of the above image for more detail.

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to the District’s Water System Engineer, Neil Kaufman, at 530-582-3950.

April 15, 2013

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Bear Safety

According to the Bear League, 2007 was a record year for bear deaths in the Truckee Tahoe region. A recorded 120 bears were hit by cars or destroyed for their continued annoyance and potential threat to the public.

Wild animals naturally fear people; as long as you keep your distance, they will generally not bother you, unless the animal has become accustomed to human contact. When bears have easy access to human food sources, including trash, it has been observed that their behavior changes. In these cases, bears are no longer cautious and fearful around people, and this may result in property damage and even threaten human safety.

You may request bear-awareness stickers for your dumpsters by calling Nichole Dorr at (530)582 -2909. We recommend you secure dumpsters with a carabineer, so it will allow the garbage company to maintain easy access to the trash.

Facts about Local Bears

Black bears are the only species of bear in California. They range in color from blond to black; brown is the most common color. Black bears can run up to 35 miles per hour, climb trees and swim. Never run from a bear. As winter approaches, bears will forage for food up to 20 hours per day, storing as much fat as possible to hibernate during the winter months. Bears hibernate less if food, such as garbage, is available. Males are much larger than females and can weigh up to 500 pounds; the average male weighs 300 pounds. A typical diet for a wild bear consists of berries, plants, nuts, roots, honey, honeycomb, insects, insect larvae, carrion and small mammals.

There are simple steps that you can follow to protect bears and other wildlife from a potentially deadly encounter. Remember, we must all act responsible in bear country to keep the bears Alive and Wild.

Keep in mind that bears and other animals are attracted to anything edible or smelly. Take precautions by using the following guidelines:

In town:

  • Utilize public trash receptacles and dumpsters while visiting local parks and recreational facilities. Pay special attention when securing receptacle or dumpster lids.
  • Keep bear-proof trash receptacles and dumpsters closed, latched and locked at all times.
  • Do not leave trash, groceries or pet food in your car. If you absolutely must leave edible or smelly items in your car, then make sure the items are in airtight containers and locked in your trunk.
  • Stow all edible or smelly products, including food, suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap, toothpaste and candles properly. Keep these products inside your home or secured in bear lockers while camping.

Camping:

  • Remember, NEVER keep food in your tent.
  • Keep a clean camp. Immediately clean up after meals, and store food and garbage, as outlined above. Keep barbecue grills away from tents.
  • If you are backpacking, remember that if you pack it in, then you must pack it out. Remember to be prepared to use a bear-sling to hoist food high up on a tree limb. In alpine conditions, use a bear canister for all food and toiletries

At home or work:

  • Do not run. Assert your dominance by standing tall and making loud noises to scare the bear away.
  • Never place trash and recycling at your curb prior to your collection day.
  • If the property uses a shared dumpster for trash and recycling, or if the property is commercial, make sure to close, latch and lock the dumpster lid. Never leave dumpster lids open and unsecured.
  • Periodically disinfect trash containers to remove odors.
  • Always remove the key from a bear canister after making sure the container is properly secured.
  • Harvest fruit off trees as soon as soon it is ripe, and promptly collect the fruit that falls to the ground.
  • Keep bird feeders off decks and inaccessible to bears.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Securely block access to potential hibernation sites, such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and locked when you are away from the property.

Anywhere:

  • Be sure to allow the bear free clearance if it attempts to get away.
  • Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.
  • Slowly walk away from any bear and make loud noises.
  • Although attacks are very rare, if you are attacked, FIGHT BACK AGGRESSIVELY! Do not roll up in a ball and play dead.

In the woods:

  • Do not run.
  • Make eye contact, but don’t stare.
  • Pick up small children and make yourself appear large.
  • Stay calm and quiet; back away slowly.

August 22, 2012

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North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle

Starting Friday, August 3, the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle will offer service between a variety of different stops in North Lake Tahoe. The pilot program will run through the end of September. Try a vacation from your car by taking public transit or riding your bike to one of the four beautiful docks. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle carries 12 passengers and up to 8 bikes.

Participating docks are: West Shore Cafe, Tahoe City Marina, GarWoods Grill & Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. Rates start at $10 for adults and $7 for children up to 12 years old. Seats are limited and reservations are required. Please call (530) 581-8707 or visit North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle for more information.

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August 1, 2012

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Stored Value

Does the term Stored Value mean anything to you while you’re at Tahoe Donner? Did you know you can put money on your Tahoe Donner Membership ID cards? It is called Stored Value. You no longer have to carry money or your credit card with you when you visit Tahoe Donner’s amenities. It’s very easy to put value (money) on your card. You can come into the Member Services office with your credit card and Tahoe Donner staff can put the money on your card for you. Or you can call them at (530) 587-9400 ext. 0.

To redeem your stored value, simply tell the Tahoe Donner staff that you have Stored Value on your Tahoe Donner Member or Guest ID card. Your receipt will display the balance left on the ID card.

Remember to always take your Tahoe Donner Member or Guest ID card with you to use stored value at the amenities. This program was introduced last summer and received rave reviews and participation. So, don’t worry about carrying your wallet, stored value and your membership ID or Guest card is all you need this summer at your personal resort.

July 9, 2012

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2014 Summer Program Registration Now Open

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