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Donner Summit

Big plans are in the works for Donner Summit. Two developers hope to turn the forest around Soda Springs into another vacation condo village, though the term they’ve coined is “conservation community.”



This supposed conservation community will require the carving of a multitude of new roads, the damming of a creek to build two new lakes, possible dredging of Serene Lakes, and 950 new residences in this currently unscathed area. Some estimate the tree loss at 40,000.

Neighboring communities are concerned at the size of the development and that many important issues remain unresolved, such as water supply, sewer treatment and traffic solutions, required for the approximated 2,400 new residents.




The environmental impact of so much construction and additional visitors to the area is hard to calculate, but at the very least the project will result in a loss of open landscape and quiet wilderness for people and animals alike.

An increasingly vocal opposition is growing around Donner Summit, and several conservation agencies have joined in the efforts. The sheer scale of such a plan runs contrary to everything that makes the area so special.

To learn more, please visit http://www.savedonnersummit.org or http://www.keepserenegreen.com. Stay informed and make yourself heard!

Amber Waddle

Auburn


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