Seasonal dog closure at Upper Truckee Marsh effective starting today
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Upper Truckee Marsh is temporarily closed to dogs effective today, the California Tahoe Conservancy announced.
The seasonal dog closure of the march will run from May 1 through July 31. The move, which occurs every year, is intended to keep dogs out of critical breeding habitat for special, threatened and endangered species such as the Willow Flycatcher.
Conservancy-owned Cove East property, west of the Upper Truckee River, remains open for year-round leashed dog access. Conservancy staff and California Highway Patrol officers monitor these areas for compliance.
Dogs will once again be permitted in the marsh, provided they are on leash, starting Aug. 1, explained the Conservancy, which owns and manages the 600-acre marsh to ensure the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat and water quality.
The marsh is one of the largest remaining in the Sierra Nevada.
Historically the marsh acted as an important filtration system for water moving into Lake Tahoe. Development in certain areas obstructed that filtration, leading to more fine sediment pouring into the lake.
The Conservancy and other partners in recent decades have undertaken projects to restore the marsh. In September it received a $1.7 million grant from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for restoration efforts.
For more information, visit tahoe.ca.gov or call 530-542-5580.