DONNER LAND TRUST (TDLT) on Webber Lake property was given during the Board of Supervisors’ meeting held in Downieville on Tuesday. Sierra County Planning Director, Tim Beals introduced John Swan representing Truckee Donner Land Trust, who is turning a private holding into a public resource. Swan stated they are based out of Truckee and have five staff that preserves scenic, historic, recreation lands. He said TDLT obtained Webber Lake in 2012 and followed a couple of conditions on the sale, which was to keep the private campground of Webber Lake Ranch as it was for an additional five years and allow sheep to graze. Swan stated when the snow melts, they plan to get out there and do some work to get the campground open as soon as possible. He said they would need to make modifications to standardize things and was happy to announce that Ken and Joan Bretthauer were staying on as caretakers. Swan said there would be car camping, tent camping and RVs, with a mix of reservations and first-come, first-serve sites which plan to open the second week in July. Swan continued there would be a 14-night stay limit and improvements this year will focus on the west side. He said there would be a temporary campground behind the hotel until the west side was done, and in 2018 they would be putting in permanent toilets.
Swan reported that California would resume fish stocking with Lahontan cutthroat trout, adding they will be putting fingerlings in this year, not catchables. He stated Webber Lake boat ramp will be open and people can bring their own boats. They will have an inspector on site for Aquatic Invasive Species. He stated the Day Use area would be the grassy area next to the hotel and TDLT plans to turn the area behind the hotel into group camps. TDLT welcomes and encourages wintertime visitation, and hope to open some of the cabins during this time. Supervisor Lee Adams asked how many sites would be open this year. Swan said 40 sites would be open this year, which include RV spaces. Beals asked about fees for camping, adding TDLT needed to make sure of the TOT add on component. Swan said $30 and TOT would be out of that. Beals also asked about business opportunities. Swan said there were a lot of trees that need to come off the property and felt there may be a potential for saw logs. He also thought a retail camp store with fish and tackle may be a possibility.
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