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


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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Forestry Facility Opens



New Forestry Facility Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a homeowner tour and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new forestry facility in Tahoe Donner. All Tahoe Donner members are invited and encouraged to come and learn more about our robust Forestry program. The ceremony will take place at 10500 Teton Way. To minimize the impact on neighborhoods, take one of three routes (all starting at the Northwoods light):

  • Left on Northwoods Blvd., left on Skislope Way and left on Teton Way.
  • Left on Northwoods Blvd., left on Christie Lane, left on Skislope Way, and right on Teton Way.
  • Left on Northwoods Blvd., left on Davos Drive, left on Skislope Way, and right on Teton Way.

Tahoe Donner boasts one of the most successful forest conservation programs in the country. The aim of the new facility is to continue Tahoe Donner’s active involvement in conserving the natural beauty of the area, while managing habitation health and sustainability. The Tahoe Donner Association regularly consults local archaeologists, wildlife biologists, and botanists in early stages of development planning to ensure that they are considering what is best for the environment.

The new forestry facility has been built on an existing plot that has been remodeled to accommodate 8,841 square feet of new office and storage space for efficient operations. Come along and celebrate with us! For more information call the forestry department on (530) 587-9432 or member services at (530) 587-9400.

April 8, 2013

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