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 www.townoftruckee.com/index.aspx?page=1277 and Tahoe Wild Bear Council’s site www.tahoewildbears.org/.

July 3, 2013

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Catch a Ride to Truckee Thursdays



Downtown Truckee Thursdays are now in full swing and Tahoe Donner will be providing a free shuttle service to and from the event. Downtown Truckee Thursdays is a great community event with live music, great art, Foothills Farmers Market, children’s activities, a beer garden and a variety of vendors. The event takes place in Downtown Truckee for 11 weeks starting June 13 until August 29 from 5 – 9 p.m.

The complimentary shuttle service for Tahoe Donner members will run to and from the event. The shuttle will leave from Trout Creek Recreation Center starting at 4 p.m. and will run continuously every 15 minutes, with the last shuttle departing Trout Creek at 9 p.m. Shuttles from downtown returning to Trout Creek will begin at 4:15 p.m. and will run continuously every 15 minutes, until 9:15 p.m. We will adhere to this schedule as best as possible, unforeseen traffic issues may cause delays. 

Truckee Thursdays Shuttle Schedule:

Service from 4 – 9 p.m.

Shuttle leaves Trout Creek every 15 minutes from 4 p.m. (last shuttle departs at 9 p.m.)

Shuttle leaves downtown every 15 minutes from 4:15 p.m. (last shuttle departs at 9:15 p.m.)

June 12, 2013


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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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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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
Email: compliance@tahoedonner.com

May 6, 2013


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