Come witness an incredible story of watershed renewal along West Truckee River at McCarran Ranch.
For 60 years this 6-mile stretch of the Truckee River was confined to channelized life-support. Today, thanks to an extraordinary collaborative effort by the stewards of Nature Conservancy, healing has transformed the weave of water and land along the Truckee River, at the McCarran Ranch. This is supporting thriving native plant communities and attracting birds and fish. These natural communities are becoming a unique destination of natural beauty and diversity for animals and people alike.
Sunday Sept 8th
$20 includes a guided shuttle and walking tour, plus lunch
8 Worlds of Tahoe: Water, River, Wildlife, Plant, Land, Air, Community
9:00 am – Start Point: Meet at Legends shopping center, Sparks
10:00 am – Arrive @ Mustang Valley Trail head
12:00 pm – Nutritious picnic at the Amphitheater
1:00-2:00 pm – Tour of Mc Carran Ranch “Pilot Project” and riparian forest restoration
3:00 pm – Return to Legends Mall Assembly Point
You will leave from Legends shopping center and be shuttled to the Mustang Valley trail head and then walk along the river to the McCarran Ranch. Both sites are Nature Conservancy river restoration projects in different levels of completion; stopping along the way to meet the ‘new wildlife neighbors’ and learn the importance of the river habitats. You lunch at the newly built outside amphitheater.
Duration: Approximately 6 hrs
Location: Truckee River in Reno area
Assembly Point: Legend Outlet Mall, Scheels parking lot, 1310 Scheels Dr., Sparks, NV
Transit: Shuttle from Legends to the west Truckee trailhead
What to bring: sturdy walking shoes, drinking water, sunscreen, shade hat
Lunch: @ McCarran Ranch Preserve amphitheater
Participation fee: $35 (includes tour, transit, guides and lunch)
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Patti Bakker has a background in Wildlife Biology and has been with The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada Chapter for five years as the Truckee River Project Manager. She is dedicated to the improvement of the lower Truckee River habitats and enjoys sharing the story of this work and the wildlife of the river.