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Martis Valley Trail final EIR up for public review; meeting next week

TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Final Environmental Impact Report for the Martis Valley Trail project is available for the public to review and will be discussed and considered for certification at a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall.

According to a press release, the lead agency for the project, Northstar Community Services District, will highlight revisions, updates and clarifications made to the document in response to public comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Report earlier this year

"We've been really grateful for the robust community input thus far," said NCSD General Manager Mike Staudenmayer in a statement. "All of the feedback has been critical to the process and the end result is a stout environmental document."

The Martis Valley Trail is a proposed paved multi-use trail that would connect Truckee to the Lake Tahoe Basin through Martis Valley and Northstar Village. The trail, about 9 miles in length, would mainly follow existing trails and dirt roads in the Martis Valley to the south of Highway 267. Two different trail alignments through the valley are being considered and are analyzed in the FEIR on an equal weight basis.

Early on, the trail project was estimated to cost about $18 million for design and construction. More than a year ago, project organizers realized the trail could have impacts to biological, cultural, hydrological, transportation, visual and recreational resources, according to the press release. The report studies each of these resources and describes appropriate mitigation measures to reduce any impacts to a less than significant level.

"The process has certainly highlighted the passion our community has for both recreation and protecting the numerous resources of Martis Valley," said Staudenmayer. "Our job is to present a document that best ensures that the final project will fulfill these mutual interests."

The document can be obtained online through the project website at www.MartisValleyTrail.com.


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