Conservation Projects 

For more than 25 years, The Truckee Donner Land Trust has protected more than 36,000 acres, ensuring continued recreational access and protecting lands for future generations.

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Frog Lake | Photo: Bill Stevenson


Current Projects

Truckee Donner Land Trust is determined to protect another 24,500 acres in the coming years with a value of over $40 million. 


A Riverfront Park for Downtown Truckee

The Truckee Donner Land Trust is thrilled to announce our latest campaign, conserving 26 acres of open space along the Truckee River in downtown Truckee. This project will be a game changer for Truckee, opening up river access, creating trail and open space connections, preserving nature in the town’s core, and so much more. Read more and join the campaign today.


Frog Lake, Red Mountain and Carpenter Ridge

The Truckee Donner Land Trust is nearing completion on this exciting campaign, working to preserve nearly 3,000 acres just north of Truckee, including a stunning lake never open to the public before. The Land Trust and its partners have until 2020 to raise $15 million, at which point the land would be open to the public, and the Land Trust's work to construct trails and access begins. Read more.

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Olympic Meadow

Set at the entrance to Olympic Valley on the way into the famous Squaw Valley Ski Resort, this 30-acre property is steeped in history and includes forest, meadow and a stretch of Squaw Creek. The Land Trust is working with the Squaw Valley Public Service District to conserve this property and open it to the public. Read more.


Donner Lake Rim Trail

When complete, the Donner Lake Rim Trail will be an estimate 23-mile-long trail along the peaks and ridges above Donner Lake. In 2018, work begins on a new 4-mile stretch connecting existing trail near Glacier Way down to Northwoods Boulevard, where it will share a trailhead with the Trout Creek Trail. Read more.


Donner Summit Canyon

Donner Summit Canyon Trail has proven popular among locals and visitors alike. A section of trail washes out each winter, creating dangerous conditions for hikers, runners and bikers, while also threatening downstream water quality. The Land Trust has begun work to reroute the trail and to place a bridge over the drainage. Read more.


Lower Carpenter Valley

Lower Carpenter Valley has been hailed as the Secret Garden of the Sierra by the press, boasting a beautiful meadow and rare species dependent on unique spring-fed fens. To date, the only way to visit Carpenter Valley has been on one of the Land Trust's docent-led hikes, but the Land Trust is working to create public access that will protect the valley's delicate wildlife. Read more.


Royal Gorge/Van Norden Meadow

The Truckee Donner Land Trust protected the 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property on Donner Summit from a potential 950-unit development in 2012. Working with partners, state and federal agencies, the Land Trust has been working to address a hazardous dam illegally holding water it doesn't have the rights to. Read more

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The Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) would like to thank our partners and allies for their incredible support throughout our many years as TDLT. It’s a community effort and we are grateful for your continued support and work to protect and enjoy our rich Sierra landscape.