Truckee River Day in Tahoe Donner, October 15

For the Truckee River Watershed Council’s 22nd annual Truckee River Day on Sunday, October 15, hundreds will volunteer on nearly a dozen restoration projects across the region, including a sugar pine sapling planting here in Tahoe Donner.

Sapling plantings are wonderful, even beautiful events. The work is fun, satisfying and easy. Get into a rhythm, and you might even find it meditative. For families with young children, there is no better volunteer event in Tahoe Donner.

Here are all the details:

Truckee River Day, Tahoe Donner Sugar Pine Sapling Planting
– Date: Sunday, October 15
– Time: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
– Registration: at’s registration page.
– What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, work gloves, weather appropriate work wear, and water.

Nota Bene: Specify the pine planting project and the “Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails” group when registering to assure correct assignment.

The Watershed Council will email you other specifics, including the meeting place, after you’re officially assigned.

You may not know that Tahoe Donner’s forest is not as diverse as it should be. The lodgepole and Jeffrey pines that dominate today once shared this place with an array of cedars and sugar pines. Cedars remain in the McGlashan Springs and Bucknam Tract parcels, but few sugar pines currently grow anywhere in Tahoe Donner.

Logging accounts for much of this loss, but a Eurasian blister rust disease also did significant damage to the sugar pine population. The Sugar Pine Foundation is dedicated to the restoration of this region’s largest pine, and on Truckee River Day they are partnering with our Forestry Department and the Watershed Council to plant rust resistant saplings here in Tahoe Donner.

These pine plantings have become a great Tahoe Donner tradition, and we hope many of you will join in to lend a hand.

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Volunteer Trail Work Day, September 16

The third Tahoe Donner Volunteer Trail Work Day of the season will take place on Saturday, September 16.

For this summer’s trail work project we are constructing a new trail running from the Teton Trailhead to the Glacier Trailhead. When completed, this new trail will replace the current trail, an old, steep and deteriorating logging road, with a curving, more gradually sloped, single-track, multi-use trail.

No experience is necessary to volunteer. If you’re a seasoned trail builder, we welcome your know-how, and if you’re a novice be assured that we’ll have experienced builders on hand to get you started.

Tahoe Donner Volunteer Trail Work Day

  • Date: Saturday, September 16
  • Time: 9:00 AM to Noon
  • Location: We will assemble at the Teton Way Trailhead near the intersection of Skislope Way and Copenhagen Drive (map) before walking out a short distance to the project site.
  • Age Restrictions: 10 and over.
  • Registration: Click this link to register via Eventbrite.
  • For important information about what to expect, wear, and bring, please see the Trail Work FAQ.

The Trails Club was founded on the principle that hands­-on stewardship of our trails and open spaces should be a regular and vital part of the Tahoe Donner community. There are many ways to promote that principle, but few as fun, interesting, and satisfying as trail work.

We hope you’ll lend a hand!

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