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Gunshots on the Truckee; Leapfrogging on Brockway Road

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I’ve been uncomfortably close to gunshots along the Truckee River near the Legacy Trail numerous times. While I understand hunting is legal in these areas, I often hear shots outside of the allowed hunting season. I also wonder what the Department of Fish and Wildlife can do to ensure public safety.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Truckee River Wildlife Area (TRWA) contains 5,300 acres of public land among five units in Placer and Nevada counties. The original parcels known as the West River, Polaris, Boca, and Union Ice Units were purchased in 1978 for fishing access but were later designated as a wildlife area to promote other recreation, including hunting. The area expanded in 2006 with the addition of the Canyon Unit (see map). These areas are open for hunting all legal species that can be taken with a shotgun or archery equipment only (no rifles or pistols). Legal species for this wildlife area include deer, bear, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, quail, and dove, however opportunities are limited due to the sizes of the parcels. Many different fishing and hunting regulations apply and can be found at wildlife.ca.gov/regulations.

In general, hunting seasons in this area are during fall/winter, but species like jackrabbit can be hunted all year. For specific season dates for each species, visit the regulations page on our website mentioned above. Waterfowl season falls within the Balance of the State Zone and deer hunting occurs during the X7b season. Use the search function to quickly find the respective regulations. Additionally, waters of the state, like the Truckee River, can be hunted or fished if they are legally accessed from public land at any time of year.

Public safety is paramount and we caution all users to be aware of each other and the activities that happen on our wildlife areas. Hunters must be a minimum of 150 yards from an occupied dwelling and neither fires nor camping are allowed in TRWA. If you see illegal activity, you can report it to (888) DFG-CALTIP (334-2258).

Local sheriff’s offices have jurisdiction over ordinances that may prevent discharging a firearm in city limits. You should contact them if you have questions about firearm use.

Hunters, other firearm users, and anglers contribute millions of dollars to conservation each year with the purchase of licenses and tags as well as through federal taxes collected on firearm and ammunition sales. They also help our department collect data and manage population levels to ensure a lasting and functional ecosystem. Please enjoy the TRWA and all it has to offer!

~ Sara Holm, wildlife biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife


I was wondering about the thought behind the new medians on Brockway Road. Will the boulders be hazardous to drivers, especially during winter? Will it be tough for snowplows to navigate?

These are very good questions and the Town of Truckee appreciates the opportunity to respond to them. We divided our answer into sections to correspond with each of the questions posed:

Thought Behind the Medians

The median islands were designed to provide easier pedestrian access from residential areas such as Winter Creek and Village Green to the trail on the north side of Brockway Road. Pedestrians can cross the road one lane at a time with a safe refuge in the middle to wait for gaps in traffic during busy times. The islands are also intended to encourage traffic to slow down in these areas that have a higher propensity for pedestrian crossings. They were located to line up with the Brockway Road Trail access points along the north side of the road.

Boulders

The median islands have a raised curb and landscaping similar to other locations in town such as the roundabouts, at the Tahoe Forest Hospital, and local sidewalks. The rocks are located behind the curb and in landscaping areas on straight sections of roadway outside vehicle travel paths, and should not be hazardous to drivers. If a driver were to lose control of their vehicle or inadvertently drive up onto the median, the rocks were specified to be small enough so that vehicles would not be brought to an immediate stop, thereby reducing impact forces. In such an event a vehicle may be damaged, but the likelihood of being involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction is significantly reduced. In addition, the islands will be illuminated with lighting (the installation of which has been delayed due to the light poles being back ordered). This will improve their visibility and further reduce the likelihood of vehicles straying into the median islands.

Snowplows

Town snow removal operators are proficient at navigating around existing median islands in other parts of town with similar snow loads and visibility. The roadway adjacent to the median islands was designed to be wide enough for Town snow removal equipment and for snow storage adjacent to the roadway edge allowing Town snow removal operators to have adequate space to perform snow removal.

~ Dan Wilkins, public works director/town engineer, Town of Truckee

 
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August 9, 2018