Waddle Ranch

Lupine, sagebrush and wild grasses in a meadow with mountains on distant horizon in Martis Valley, CA. Waddle Ranch.Photo credit: Elizabeth Carmel

Located in a popular Sierra Nevada recreation area between Lake Tahoe and North Star ski area, 1,400-acre Waddle Ranch once was slated for the development of 800 homes. Conservationists have long sought to protect the ranch, both to conserve its quality wildlife habitat and to preserve the high-mountain ambience of the rapidly developing Martis Valley. After year of contentious debate over the land's future, TPL and the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) secured an option on the ranch and worked to raise its $23.5 million purchase price.

TDLT will maintain and expand existing trails that link the ranch with the Tahoe National Forest and Martis Creek Lake National Recreation Area and will work to keep the forest healthy and reduce the risk of wildfire. Protection of Waddle Ranch marks the first major success for The Northern Sierra Partnership (NSP)

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