Public can learn about old Sunset Ranch |

Public can learn about old Sunset Ranch

For residents interested in finding out what is going to happen to the Sunset Ranch, now that it is publicly owned, the League to Save Lake Tahoe is offering two events this month which should answer any questions people have.

The League has been holding education for advocates meetings and recreation events each month since December 1998. The focus of both this month will be the California Tahoe Conservancy’s purchase of the Sunset Ranch and its 189 acres of land along the Upper Truckee River.

“Many residents and visitors are curious about what happened to Sunset Ranch and what will be done with it in the future,” said Kirsten Cannon, communications director for the League. “Our education program will provide an overview.”

A Conservancy representative will discuss the purchase and restoration use of the land at an educational meeting March 11. A recreation retreat on March 20 will lead participants to the Sunset Ranch to discuss wetland restoration and purchasing environmentally sensitive land in the basin.

With the help of the American Land Conservancy, the California agency purchased the Sunset Ranch earlier this year.

Since the beginning of its operation in 1985, the Conservancy has purchased more than 5,000 parcels of land on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The agency preserves and restores environmentally sensitive parcels of land to help restore the clarity of Lake Tahoe, enhancing wildlife and providing recreational opportunities.

One of the largest South Shore purchases the Conservancy has made, the land holds about 1-1/2 miles of the Upper Truckee River. The property – 76 percent of which is classified as Stream Environment Zone – has meadows with disturbed soil, roads and trails that cut into the meadows and river banks needing restoration.

What: League to Save Lake Tahoe education for advocates meeting

When: March 11, 6 p.m.

Where: League’s South Lake Tahoe office, 955 Emerald Bay Road

Information: Kirsten Cannon, (530) 541-5388

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