Environmental Groups Purchase Sierra Wilderness Area


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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Anyone who likes to hike the northern Sierra Nevada…can visit a new public wilderness area soon.
 
A coalition of non-profit environmental groups is buying thousands of acres near Truckee where it will preserve the “Little Truckee” River and maintain hiking trails.
 
The purchase comes as California copes with its massive budget crisis…but the “Northern Sierra Partnership” says it was still able to get state and federal funds for the project.
 
There are actually three parcels…two in a pristine valley known as “Perazzo Meadows”…and the other in the foothills.
 
Eventually…conservationists want to buy a huge portion of land first owned by the railroads during the “Gold Rush.”
  
Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley spoke with two members of the coalition about their effort and what people can expect when they visit the wilderness area… 

  
Interview with Perry Norris…Executive Director of the Truckee Meadow Land Trust & Dave Sutton...Director, Northern California & Nevada Trust For Public Land.

(Interview runs 4 minutes 30 seconds)
  

Perry Norris and Dave Sutton are with the “Northern Sierra Partnership”. 
 
The coalition is buying almost two-thousand acres of private land in the Sierra Nevada for creation of a public wilderness area.