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Plans afoot for Truckee to Tahoe trail

Proposed 9.5 mile stretch to accommodate hiking, biking
By: Associated Press
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TRUCKEE (AP) — Despite California’s budget crisis, local officials are moving ahead with plans for a 9.5-mile hiking and biking trail between Truckee and Lake Tahoe. Mike Staudenmayer, general manager of the Northstar Community Services District, told the Sierra Sun of Truckee that segments of the Martis Valley Regional Trail could be under construction as early as 2012 or 2013 pending necessary approvals. Staudenmayer said design and construction of the trail is estimated to cost $18 million, and more than $3.5 million already has been generated through local revenue sources. “I’m optimistic we’ll be able to segment the trail and get the needed money to build the trail,” he told the Sun. Plans call for the paved trail to run between Lake Tahoe and a point just south of Truckee Tahoe Airport via a connection through Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort. The Northstar district, lead agency for the trail, has completed an initial study of the proposed route, and has filed a notice for an environmental impact report to assess how it will affect wildlife and vegetation. Staudenmayer said the district also is having talks with the Washoe Tribe and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the approval process. While the trail primarily will serve as a recreational outlet, Staudenmayer acknowledged the Village at Northstar and Truckee would benefit economically as tourists travel between the two areas. A Northstar district workshop on the trail will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Truckee Town Hall.