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McIver Dairy Open Space

Updated December 6, 2019 

Sledhill Relocation

Now that TRWC has completed the meadow restoration work, we have added some measures to the site in order to protect the meadow. The current sled runs are now off limits, and sledders are being guided to the Eastern portion of the site. Please see the letter linked here for more information: McIver sledhill relocation

Updated September 5, 2019

Restoration of McIver Dairy Meadow

The Truckee River Watershed Council, in partnership with the Town of Truckee, is restoring four acres of the McIver Dairy meadow.

The restoration project will:

  • Improve habitat for wildlife and birds
  • Improve water quality
  • Re-water dry portions of meadow
  • Protect the foundation of the historic dairy barn
  • Prevent erosion

The project starts on September 9, 2019 and will be completed mid-October. During construction the shoulder area across from the Village Nursery will be closed. At times there may be traffic control for Donner Pass Road. Please look for and respect all signage during restoration. For more information, visit:


Updated December 13, 2018

At the November 13, 2018 Town Council hearing, the Town Council approved the McIver Dairy Wetlands Restoration project and directed staff to continue working on the future public use site plan. The staff report can be found at this link. The proposed conceptual site use plan can be found HERE.

Updated October 22, 2018

The McIver Dairy Restoration and public use project are anticipated to be reviewed by the Town Council at its November 13, 2018 Town Council meeting. At this meeting, the Town Council will review the proposed McIver Dairy Restoration project and provide direction on the public use component to staff. To view the public notice, please click here.

Updated September 21, 2018 

Staff has prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed McIver Dairy Restoration and Public Use Project.  Please see the staff report linked under the December 13, 2018 update above for access to the environmental document. Please contact Nicholas Martin  at or 530-582-2910 for the appendices.


The McIver Dairy site, located at 10755 Donner Pass Rd., has a rich history in Truckee, providing a source of premium butter for much of the west coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s. More recently the site has been dubbed by some as the unofficial Truckee sled hill. Currently, the Truckee River Watershed Council is undertaking a grant-funded ecological restoration project of the wetland and meadow portions of the site. As the landowner, the Town is interested in providing safe and environmentally compatible access to the site and seeking how best to use this public space.

The Town has obtained a landscape architecture consultant, Callander Associates, to develop alternative conceptual drawings which include various public uses on this site.

At an open house-style community workshop hosted by the Town of Truckee on June 27th, 2018, Callander Associates presented project goals, existing site conditions, opportunities and constraints, and two design alternatives for the Site Use Plan for McIver Dairy Open Space. The purpose of this meeting was to receive input from the public on their vision and preferences for the design and program for the project site. A summary of the workshop is linked below:

June 27th, 2018 Open House Summary

For questions please contact Nicholas Martin at or 530-582-2910.