Set in a beautiful meadow with Squaw Creek meandering through and the peaks of Squaw Valley towering above – roughly 30 acres of property owned by one of the valley’s founding families will be preserved by a unique joint effort between the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Squaw Valley Public Service District. A one‐of‐a‐kind parcel in an otherwise developed ski destination, the Olympic Meadow property has been owned by the Poulsen family since 1942 – when Wayne and Sandy Poulsen camped there as newlyweds.
“I grew up in a quieter Squaw Valley and have seen many changes over the decades, but the meadow has been one constant over time,” said Bill Hudson, a Squaw Valley Public Service District Board Member. “This acquisition will help guarantee that a large portion will be opened to the public and best serve the entire community.”
“This is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity for the public to protect what is arguably one of the most valuable pieces of land in the valley,” said Mike Geary, General Manager of the Squaw Valley Public Service District. “The Truckee Donner Land Trust is responsible for creating this opportunity on behalf of the public, and the District is enormously grateful.”
“At long last residents and visitors alike will be able to walk along Squaw Creek and picnic in the meadow in a valley otherwise dominated by private recreational opportunities,” said Perry Norris, Executive Director of the Land Trust.
“This is historic! There is no other way to put into words how significant this is for the community, for the region, for all those that love to recreate,” said Dale Cox, District Board President. “That’s what public service is all about.”
“The one thing that will not happen on the property is another subdivision or massive development project,” Norris said. “This is an unprecedented opportunity, and a chance to develop a new culture of collaboration within the Valley,” said Dr. Fred Ilfeld, Chair of the Squaw Valley Public Service District Parks and Rec Committee.
“This is the most significant and exciting opportunity I’ve heard in my 50 years of living in Squaw Valley,” said Carl Gustafson, District Board Member. “I’ve spent many hours on the Poulsen property ranging from celebrating weddings to quietly observing wildlife – it’s such a beautiful place with all kinds of possibilities.”
“This acquisition opens up a great opportunity to restore 15 acres of montane meadow and creek,” said Dr. Ed Heneveld with Friends of Squaw Creek.