31 acres preserved on Upper Truckee

The land is adjacent to the Upper Truckee
Marsh pictured. | California Tahoe Conservancy

A partnership of local and state agencies has purchased the Motel 6 property and 31 surrounding acres that sit within the Upper Truckee River watershed next to Highway 50 on the South Shore, according to a press release.

The California Tahoe Conservancy will remove the 1970s-era motel and vacant restaurant fromthe property and retire or transfer the property’s development rights and coverage for future use on town center redevelopment. The Conservancy will preserve the surrounding mountain meadow and wetlands.

Acquiring the 31-acre property places more than 96 percent of the lower 9 miles of the Upper Truckee River in public ownership. The river drains a third of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s land area, making its restoration a key to protecting the Lake.

The property is being purchased with funding from the California Tahoe Conservancy, the California Wildlife Conservation Board, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tahoe Fund and the League to Save Lake Tahoe. | tahoe.ca.gov