Our family foundation has made a commitment to contributing resources to projects which enhance and protect our environment. One such project is the Carpenter Valley acquisition, which ensures conservation of this amazing, pristine, and important meadow.
Carpenter Valley made the front page of San Jose’s Mercury News! You can read Paul Rogers’ great piece here online: “Scenic Meadows Near Lake Tahoe Preserved in $10 Million Land Deal“.
Last month, with support from more than 230 generous donors, they were able to reach and ambitious $10.3M fundraising goal! This support allowed them to unlock significant public funding, including grants from the Wildlife Conservation Board ($3.5M), CA Natural Resources Agency ($850,000), and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ($400,000).
This fundraising campaign also creates a stewardship endowment for trail building, forest restoration, and long-term management. The Nature Conservancy, a key partner, is working with the Land Trust to protect the incredible natural diversity of the property, which the Conservancy first identified almost 20 years ago as a priority for conservation in the Sierra Nevada. Over the next year, a million dollars will be invested in readying the property for the public’s enjoyment.
Looking ahead, Carpenter Valley will open for public recreation starting in summer 2019, following the construction of a hiking trail that will protect the sensitive wet meadow, a trailhead, and other amenities.
Such contributions help secure a green future for the next generation; kids should be able to dip their tired feet in Carpenter Creek, fish at Webber Lake, or paddle a canoe on Independence Lake.