Tahoe Donner Roadway Vegetation Removal Project
Crew clearing roadside vegetation on right shoulder.
Left shoulder treated, right untreated for comparison.
Completed vegetation removal of small shrubs and trees.
Log rounds after tree removal.
(Photo Cred. Riley Powers)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updated May 28, 2020
Q: What is the purpose of the project?A: The goals of the vegetation removal project are to increase wildfire resiliency of the Tahoe Donner neighborhood, improve roadside safety by removing obstructions, and increase snow storage along the public roadways.
Q: What is the scope of the project?A: The vegetation removal project consists of removing all vegetation within 10 feet of the edge of the paved roadways in Tahoe Donner and removing all vegetation less than 14 inches in diameter (think mature trees) limbed up to 15 feet off the ground from 10-15 feet off the edge of the paved roadways. All work involved in this project will occur within the Town of Truckee right-of-way and not on any private properties.
Q: How long will the project be going on?A: The Town anticipates that 70% of the roadways in Tahoe Donner will be serviced during the summer and fall of 2020, with the remaining 30% serviced in the summer of 2021.
Q: What is the Town of Truckee right-of-way?A: The Town’s right-of-way is the area of land that the public roadways (and immediate vicinity) are located. This area is typically 60 feet to 80 feet wide in the Tahoe Donner subdivision. On most streets in Tahoe Donner, the Town of Truckee right-of-way extends approximately 20 feet past the paved road edge; on collector streets like Alder Creek and Northwoods, the right-of-way is wider. All vegetation removal that is included in this project will occur within the Town-maintained right-of-way. Vegetation removal will occur within 15 feet of the edge of all roadways.
Q: Will the project remove landscaping that has been installed by adjacent property owners in the Town’s right-of-way?A: The Town has directed its contractors, and is monitoring daily in the field, to not remove intentionally-landscaped vegetation (think planter areas with flowers, ground cover, and low bushes) within 15 feet from the edge of pavement. This does not include natural Pine or Aspen trees within landscaped areas that are still planned to be removed as part of the project. The intent of the project is to thin out the natural vegetation to reduce wildfire fuels and remove obstructions in the right-of-way, so discretion is being taken by the Town to identify what should remain.
Q: How were the criteria determined of how much vegetation to remove as part of this project?A: The Town of Truckee Public Works Department coordinated with the Truckee Fire Protection District to determine the appropriate amount of vegetation to be removed from the roadsides to meet the goals of the project: increase wildfire resiliency of the Tahoe Donner neighborhood, improve roadside safety by removing obstructions, and increase snow storage within the right-of-way. The Tahoe Donner Association was consulted during the planning stages of the project.
Q: Will there be wood logs and wood chips available to the public as part of the project?A: While vegetation is being removed, temporary debris stockpiles will be created at various locations along roadway shoulders. The Town’s contractor will remove these temporary debris piles routinely throughout the project. If Tahoe Donner property owners would like to collect wood logs from these piles for private use, you may do so as long as it is not in the middle of the contractor’s active work zone. Wood chips may be available upon request and pending project supply. Please exercise caution while maneuvering around these temporary stockpiles.
2020 Tahoe Donner Roadway Vegetation Management Program
The Town of Truckee, in consultation with the Truckee Fire Protection District and the Tahoe Donner Association, will be performing brush clearing and tree removal services along the roadways within the Tahoe Donner subdivision this summer from late May through the fall. The purpose of this work is to improve fire resiliency, road safety, and to increase snow storage. There will be multiple crews actively working along the roadways removing vegetation (including brush and trees) within 15’ of the paved roadway which will be removed as work progresses. There will also be temporary debris stockpiles at various locations along the shoulder of the roadways. If property owners wish to collect wood from the temporary stockpiles for their private use, they may do so. All work will be occurring within the Town right-of-way and will not extend onto any private property. Please exercise caution and courtesy around the vegetation removal equipment and crews at all times. The roadways in Tahoe Donner that are not indicated on the exhibit below are planned to be included in vegetation removal activities in late fall 2020 or summer 2021. If you have any questions in regards to the project please contact Riley Powers, Engineering Technician I, at 530-414-1362 or email@example.com.