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Wildlife Best Practices

Management urges all members and guests to respect our wildlife neighbors including bears, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, etc. and protect them as well as your homes and yourself by limiting interaction with them and not unknowingly or knowingly inviting them into your home, garage or decks.  Follow a few key best practices to reducing conflict with the wildlife here in Tahoe Donner:

  1. Keep all garbage, food and other items like laundry detergent, lotions, etc. locked in enclosed containers
  2. Clean out food and food wrappers from cars and secure vehicle and close windows
  3. Secure house at all times and do not leave your garage door open with trash and/or other items available for animals
  4. Keep barbecue grills clean;
  5. Keep bird feeders off decks and inaccessible to bears

For more bear and wildlife awareness information you can visit, Town of Truckee’s Bear Awareness site and Tahoe Wild Bear Council’s site

July 3, 2013

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Truckee Donner Historical Society Presentation by Barbara Shelden Czerwinski, PhD

150-20 Truckee: Frontier Settlement to Premier Year-Round Tourist Town

A presentation by the Truckee Donner Historical Society

Date: June 29, 2013, Saturday

Presenter: Barbara Shelden Czerwinski, PhD
Volunteer Researcher
Truckee Donner Historical Society

Place: Tahoe Donner Northwoods Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Boulevard

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Truckee’s history centers on railroads, tourism and dealing with the “storm king.” Dr. Czerwinski will present an overview of Truckee’s first 150 years from emigrant trails, trains, highways, weather, and winter sports that culminated into a premier year-round tourist town.

Dr. Czerwinski retired in May 2010 to join her husband, Ed, who had moved to the Town of Truckee in June 2009. She had completed a 49 year career as a registered nurse that started in California and then to Indiana, Missouri, Texas, New York, Ohio and finally Arizona.  She has become active with a weekly hiking/snowshoeing group; appointed by Town of Truckee Council to the 2010-2011 Parking Working Group; Truckee Donner Railroad Society member, museum docent and board member 2012-2014; and Truckee Donner Historical Society member, volunteer researcher and board member 2011-2013.

For more info:

(530) 582-0893

Truckee Donner Historical Society
P.O. Box 893
Truckee, California 96160

June 12, 2013

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Be Bear Aware

Bear Awareness

Spring is here, which means bears have risen from their deep winter slumber and are out on the prowl in search for food. Be prepared and bear aware. Take precautions to protect your home from bear intrusions by following a few important tips:

  • Never put trash and recycling out at the curb prior to 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 enclosure after making sure the enclosure is properly secured.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Do not store pet food outside.
  • Bears are very attracted to bird-feeders. Hang feeders at least 10 feet from the ground and four feet from anything an animal can climb.
  • Raccoons, skunks, bears, and other animals may look for denning places under your house. To prevent this, close off crawl spaces beneath decks and screen culverts.
  • Keep doors and windows locked when you are away from the property.
  • Do not store any food items or discarded food containers in vehicles. Bears can climb in and will cause damage, and may come back looking for more.

The “Bear” Facts

The current Tahoe Donner Association rules regarding garbage can enclosures are listed below:

  • Trash may be put out overnight only if placed in an Architectural Standards Committee (ASC) approved animal-resistant Garbage Can Enclosure (GCE).
  • All new home construction requires installation of an ASC approved animal-resistant GCE.
  • When an old wooden GCE is destroyed, it is required that it be replaced with an ASC-approved animal resistant GCE. A property owner may also request an exemption from the animal resistant GCE requirement, but the old wooden GCE (including all posts, concrete piers, etc.) must be removed entirely.
  • Any property owner can request an exemption to the animal resistant GCE requirement as long as that property does not contribute to the trash problem. To receive an exemption, a property owner must commit to manage trash in a manner that avoids contact with animals and acknowledge that the exemption will be revoked for failure to uphold this commitment.

Contact the Architectural Standards Office for more information or questions regarding the Tahoe Donner Tahoe Donner Association rules regarding Garbage Can Enclosures.

Architectural Standards Office
Phone: 530-587-9406

May 6, 2013

Tahoe Donner Homeowner Property Inspection Program


View the FAQ sheet for the homeowner inspection program.

Tahoe Donner Association (TDA) was established in 1971 with the construction of private homes and multiple family units beginning in the spring of that year. Forty-two years later, TDA consists of 5,791 single family homes, 114 multiple family units, 567 undeveloped lots and 7,000 acres of land. As the association ages, maintaining the high quality of our community includes communicating and working with homeowners to address appearance issues.

Currently the Architectural Standards Office (ASO) performs compliance activities through positive engagement patrols. The compliance inspector covers all 68 miles of road in Tahoe Donner on a monthly basis and identifies, on average, 75 percent of all new compliance-related violations. The other 25 percent of compliance-related violations are generated by neighbor complaints. While staff does look for obvious violations when conducting street inspections, management has not had a systematic initiative to gain access to homeowner property for inspections as allowed by the Homeowner Defensible Space Program. Recognizing the fact that the association facilities and homeowner properties are aging, goals and objectives were identified in the Strategic Plan 2010-2015 to begin addressing both.

As a part of Strategic Plan Goal 4, work began this last year in developing a proposal to bring to the board of directors which would call for inspections of existing homeowner properties over a regular schedule as well as inspections of homeowner properties as they change hands in ownership or in the family. The board of directors discussed the plan at board meetings from July 2012 through September 2012; membership comments and feedback were considered during this period. At the September 2012 board meeting the board of directors approved moving forward with the program. The focus will be on providing education to homeowners on the association’s program while identifying properties whose exteriors may be in need of improvement to keep with association standards. Emphasis will be placed on compliance, not on punitive measures.

STRATEGIC GOAL PLAN 4: Establish an engaging approach to maintaining association community, architectural, convents, and communications standards.

Homeowner Property Inspection Program

Preserve the appearance of Tahoe Donner homes so as to maintain home values in an aging community.

Inspection Details
There are two parts to the program:

Part 1: The program will be implemented on a unit-by-unit basis beginning with Unit 7. Approximately 250 homes in that unit are scheduled for exterior inspections of the view from the street. This is not new to existing operations, rather a codification of existing practices and a systematic approach to view the entire association beyond member complaints.

Part 2:  A full 360-degree exterior inspection will occur after a property transfer. This part of the initiative is new and allows the association to address any exterior compliance issues at rate of 250-500 homes per year.

Inspections will focus on the following elements:

1. Does structure have any damage?
a. Is structure in need of staining or painting?

2. Quality of roof
a. Any maintenance needed; missing shingles?
b. Does metal roof need repainting?
c. Chimney cap or flashing need maintenance?

3. Garbage Can Enclosure (GCE) or Animal Resistant Garbage Can Enclosure (ARGCE)
a. Is there an ARGCE or a wooden enclosure?
b. Maintenance issues?
c. Does structure need painting or staining?

4. Is exterior lighting compliant?
a. Are any fixtures broken or in disrepair?
b. Are flood lamps aimed downward?

5. Are all visible deck or stair brackets painted?

6. Check for any illegal structures (additions, fencing, sheds, etc).

7. Does gas meter have adequate protection from potential snow load?  If meter already has a shed for protection, is it painted to blend in with the house?

Implementation and Inspections:
Homeowners will receive a 10-day notice that their property has been scheduled for an exterior inspection. The Tahoe Donner compliance inspector will conduct inspections beginning in February 2013. Notification of inspection results will be mailed via certified mail (return receipt requested). If your home passes the initial inspection, you will be notified by postcard and no further action will be required. If your initial inspection indicates that action is needed, we will work with you to define a reasonable timeline for compliance.

Program Compliance
Enforcement of the program will be supported by existing Architectural Standards and Covenants Rules and Regulations.

Program Administration
Program administration will be assigned to the ASO along with the Architectural Standards and Covenants Committees, and is scheduled for launch in February of 2013.

Call the ASO office at (530) 587-9406 or email Tahoe Donner’s compliance inspector, Roy Richner, at with questions or to obtain more information.

A copy of Tahoe Donner’s Covenants Rules and Regulations can be downloaded online.

February 26, 2013

Euer Valley Shuttle

For those who are unable to hike, bike, or horseback ride into Euer Valley, but would still like to see this beautiful property, Tahoe Donner Association will be offering a shuttle service into the valley on the weekend of August 4 and 5. The shuttle is scheduled to leave from the Equestrian Center on the top of every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and leaving the valley floor at the bottom of every hour from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hop on the bus for the ride down at 11 a.m., hike around the valley for a few hours, then ride back up. Be sure to book your spot on the shuttle either online or by calling (530) 587-9400 ext. 0 as soon as possible. Spaces are limited. Cost is $5 per person.

July 16, 2012

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