Olympic Meadow Property Acquisition

Squaw Valley meadow

Photo Credit: Peter Tye

Squaw Valley meadow

Photo Credit: Peter Tye

Squaw Valley meadow

Photo Credit: Peter Tye

The Truckee Donner Land Trust (Land Trust) is in contract with the Poulsen Family Trust to acquire 29.6 acres in Olympic Valley at the eastern end of the meadow- 325 Squaw Valley Road. The Land Trust and Squaw Valley Public Service District (District) are collaborating to acquire this property and anticipate that the Land Trust will hold approximately half the property to protect the high-value Sierra Meadows in perpetuity and the District will own and manage the uplands portion of the property for community benefit.

The project will:

  • Work to restore Squaw Creek and the meadows in the low-lying portion of the site;
  • Allow the Squaw Valley Fire Department to improve forest health and minimize wildfire risk;
  • Create trails and picnic areas to promote recreation on public lands in a valley dominated by private recreational opportunities;
  • Analyze feasibility of modernizing the existing house for community benefit; and
  • Develop signage and incorporate educational opportunities for all ages.

Converting this jewel within the Valley to public ownership will allow visitors and residents to be stewards of the land. The benefits of acquisition will extend far beyond the Valley as such much of the region already feels so connected to the Squaw Valley. The project will restore ecological processes while allowing public access to an objectively beautiful place, the kind of place that call so many to the mountains.

In order to be successful in this acquisition, the Project will need to assemble funding for the purchase price, capital improvements, operations and maintenance, and capital replacements. This will come together as a combination of private and corporate donations and grants with the remainder from a special parcel tax on the residents within the District’s jurisdiction.  In order to lessen the financial burden on Olympic Valley residents, aggressive fundraising and grant seeking has already begun.

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