Monthly Archives: February 2014

Restoration Underway at Tracy

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The Nature Conservancy recently completed the construction phase of the Tracy Restoration Project on the lower Truckee River at NV Energy’s Tracy Power Plant property. After several years of planning, design and permitting, and provision of a conservation easement by NV Energy, project construction began mid-August 2013. Crews wrapped up the finish grading in January 2014, leaving a freshly contoured floodplain that is reconnected to the river and ready to be filled in with native plants by way of natural regeneration and active planting efforts. Now begins several years of revegetation efforts planned as part of the project, after which the Conservancy expects the site will be approaching the lush restored riparian woodland corridor now seen at the flagship restoration site, The Nature Conservancy’s McCarran Ranch Preserve.

Read more about this project and the Conservancy’s larger Truckee River restoration program here.

The Truckee River as Art

Grab your coat, run out the door, and get to the Nevada Museum of Art right away.

The Truckee River is one of the landscapes featured in the captivating art of Phillis Shafer.  She reminds us of nature’s – indeed the river’s – beauty in this exhibition “I only went out for a walk …”.

Phillis Shaffer, Truckee Cradle (2007) Oil on Canvas

Phillis Shaffer, Truckee Cradle (2007) Oil on Canvas

“Tahoe-based painter Phyllis Shafer is one of this region’s most beloved artists, whose work explores the nuances and individual features of the landscape of the Lake Tahoe Basin and its environs …”

She says on her website, “My method is to paint directly from the natural environment. …”  She has some thumbnails of her work on her website.

See her paintings live through May 11, 2014.

It is more than worth the trip to the Museum.