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Regional Trail Segment Near Truckee Clears Key Environmental Assessment

Michael J. Nevins / US Army Corps Of Engineers

An aerial view of Martis Creek Lake on a summer day.

Michael J. Nevins / US Army Corps Of Engineers

Trail work could soon begin on a project designed to connect the Town of Truckee with the Tahoe Basin.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it found no significant environmental impact for a multi-use trail that crosses through federal property at the Martis Creek Lake and Dam Project.

Tim Warner is an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Corp. He says the assessment is key.

"If everything goes smoothly with the design to lay down the specifics of the trail routes, the construction could start late this summer," warner said.

The 1.5-mile trail segment roughly follows Highway 267 near the Northstar Resort.

It passes through an area with Native American sites dating back more than three-thousand years, but Warner says because the area was previously disturbed by highway construction and ranch borders, trail work would add only minimal changes.

This is a segment of a larger project the could one day connect to other trail systems with routes to communities along Tahoe's north shore.

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