Weekly Trail Highlight: Crystal Peak Park

Weekly Trail Highlight: Crystal Peak Park

One Truckee River Month, Recreation, River Tour, Truckee River Watershed, Uncategorized, Wildlife
Thanks to friends of OTR, Mike White and Mark Vollmer, we will be highlighting a Truckee River trail from their book “50 Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes Around Reno” each week in May. Their book is available for purchase online at Sundance Book Store. We will be featuring some of Marks incredible photography from each trail on our blog each week. Verdi Mill Pond at Crystal Peak Parl Tunnel beneath Old Hwy. 40 Stellar's Jay Truckee River Truckee River Yarrow Blossoms Red-winged Blackbird Northern Rough-winged Swallow Common Merganser Red-winged Blackbird American Coot Interpretive Signage at the Verdi Mill Pond Unidentified Wildflower Unidentified Wildflower Verdi Glen Resort (1924-1938) showing ruins of swimming pool fountain and barbecue chimney.
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Weekly Trail Highlight: Tom Cooke Trail

Weekly Trail Highlight: Tom Cooke Trail

One Truckee River Month, Recreation, River Tour, Truckee River Watershed, Wildlife
Thanks to friends of OTR, Mike White and Mark Vollmer, we will be highlighting a Truckee River trail from their book “50 Best Strolls, Walks, and Hikes Around Reno” each week in May. Their book is available for purchase online at Sundance Book Store. We will be featuring some of Marks incredible photography from each trail on our blog each week. Tom Cook Trailhead Truckee River Bridge Yellow Indian Paintbrush Yellow Indian Paintbrush Red Indian Paintbrush Globe Mallow Arrowleaf Balsamroot Ephedra - also known as Mormon Tea Bottom of the Tom Cooke Trail Tom Cook Trailhead Signs Last Chance Ditch Last Chance Ditch Truckee River from Bridge Penstemon with Peavine Mountain in the background Penstemon
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Truckee River Month, But Make It Digital

Truckee River Month, But Make It Digital

One Truckee River Month, Recreation, Truckee River Watershed
May has rolled around once again, and that means it is officially One Truckee River’s third annual Truckee River Month. This year is a little different from the previous two years’ celebrations. This year's Truckee River Month is an entirely digital event. The only physical components of Truckee River Month this year are the banner over California Ave, our signs along the Truckee River path, and, of course, the river itself. Have you seen any of these when you’ve been out and about lately? If you have, we’d love to know! Tag us on facebook and instagram and use the #TruckeeRiverMonth to share your pictures and stories. Check them along the river. These ones are at Mayberry Park. As for the online lineup for the month, we have a great…
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Seven Ways to Finish Your Summer Off Right

Seven Ways to Finish Your Summer Off Right

Recreation, Truckee River Watershed, Wildlife
July is over halfway over, meaning there's less than one month before school starts again and the memories of late nights and lake days will be simply that -- memories. We did the hard work of finding ways to finish the summer off perfectly. These opportunities will inspire more time in nature, and hopefully a more intimate love of the Truckee River and its benefits. Start checking off your bucket list today! 1. Build a Trail We hike enough of the trails in our area, but have you ever thought about building one? Talk about a gift that keeps on giving. There are plenty of local groups that could use a pair of eager hands when it comes to combing through natural landscapes. Give it a go at the July…
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River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping Part 5: Firescaping

River-Friendly Landscaping, Truckee River Watershed, Water Quality, Wildlife
The summer weather is heating up, and we’ve already had several Red Flag Warnings and small brush fires. It’s officially wildfire season in Northern Nevada! Chuck Grimmett/  Flickr Want to breathe easy knowing you and your yard are prepared? In this, the fifth of our River-Friendly Landscaping series, we’ll cover how Firescaping your yard can play an important role in promoting a healthy watershed while protecting your home from fire. But before we dive into the details of Firescaping , let’s discuss the effects fire can have on our watershed. While we’re all acutely aware of the social and economic impacts when people lose homes and are displaced by wildfire, there are also long-term environmental impacts that affect watersheds that don’t get as much media attention.  Water Quality Ecologist Chris…
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Lake Tahoe’s history involves a volcano, the Ice Age, and 101 years of not being called Tahoe

Lake Tahoe’s history involves a volcano, the Ice Age, and 101 years of not being called Tahoe

River History, River Tour, Truckee River Watershed
Dare we say it, Keep Tahoe Blue might be the most successful sticker branding ever. Not only do you see the sticker all across the state/country/world/universe, but there have been so many spin-offs we can't keep track -- Keep Truckee Green, Keep Squaw True, Keep Tahoe Smart, etc. Lake Tahoe is famous world-wide, known for its clarity and ~iconic~ views. Folks living in the surrounding areas are extremely lucky to have regular access to this beauty. When something is right in our backyards, we often forget or ignore its history. So we decided to scrounge some up for you. We did it for Pyramid Lake, and now we're tuning in to Tahoe. Tahoe, a History: Did you know that Lake Tahoe was partially formed thanks to a volcano?! Yup, Mount…
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What does the Truckee River mean to YOU?

What does the Truckee River mean to YOU?

One River, Truckee River Watershed
Listen, it's not going to be shocking to you that One Truckee River is made up of people who love the Truckee River. Every inch of the 121-mile-long body of water is cherished by our stakeholders. We've sat through hundreds of meetings, each dedicated to benefiting our primary water source in some way. Heck, we created a management plan that lists over 100 action items that will help improve the river and its watershed. But enough about us. We're here to talk about you. YOU, human being, staring at your computer or phone or tablet and wondering how you might be able to share a thing or two about what the Truckee River is to you. We've held photo and story contests, we've done hashtag campaigns, we've read your comments…
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One Truckee River Month: A Breakdown

One Truckee River Month: A Breakdown

Efforts, One Truckee River Month, Truckee River Watershed
They say good things come in small packages, but the Truckee River deserves a big celebration. So we’re bringing you 31 days of good things all neatly packaged into the month of May. That’s right, the second annual One Truckee River Month is finally here, and it is bursting at the seams with events and activities. From Lake Tahoe all the way to Pyramid Lake, our river celebration stretches throughout the entire Truckee River watershed this May and we promise there is something for everyone. The Calendar Here it is, in all its glory, the One Truckee River Month calendar. We've worked tirelessly the last few months to coordinate all of these events and cannot wait for the community to learn more about them. Of course, you’ll need to head…
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Leave No Trace Along the Truckee River

Leave No Trace Along the Truckee River

Conservation, Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Our staff recently attended a Leave No Trace training with Erin and Brice of the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers program. It was so informative we thought we should share what we learned and how it applies to the Truckee River! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has long been associated with teaching people how to enjoy backpacking and wilderness adventure while minimizing environmental impacts, but at the training we learned you should be using these outdoor ethics principles every time you step outside. From your backyard, to your favorite hiking trail, to your favorite local park along the Truckee River, you can always practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. So without any further ado, we present the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and how they relate…
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Big footprint or little footprint…What will you leave behind?

Big footprint or little footprint…What will you leave behind?

Conservation, Efforts, Truckee River Watershed
Or maybe the question should be, what won't you leave behind? What won’t be available to future generations because you used it unwisely? These are the questions conservationists want you to ask yourself, and the way they help you answer them is with footprints. We’re talking about ecological footprints. Specifically, water footprints -- but we’ll get more into the nitty gritty of that later. Let's start with the basics - The Ecological Footprint The World Wildlife Fund puts it best: The simplest way to define ecological footprint would be to call it the impact of human activities measured in terms of the area of biologically productive land and water required to produce the goods consumed and to assimilate the wastes generated. More simply, it is the amount of the environment…
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