Why is Glenshire Important?
- A Family Community: Glenshire is a community that is characterized by its open space. Presently, we find ourselves more disconnected than ever from the natural environment; this is inherent for us because of our busy schedules, but also because access privileges to open spaces are being revoked by property owners. As our access to open spaces is denied, Glenshire families are forced to cope with this loss and find what they have lost in other ways.
Being in an open space area helps you understand that knowledge is connected to something bigger than yourself. Ecology shows an unexplainable fabric of connections that cannot be recognized in any other place than in the “open”. Therefore, in relating to open spaces people develop problem solving skills that cannot be negotiated within the classroom setting or the human cultural environment. You learn stewardship, a principle that will not be easy for us to learn if our last remaining open spaces are gone.
- Critical reflection and psychological/physical health
- Local knowledge and literacy
- Active and adventurous discovery
- Empowered civic responsibility
- Development: People have a number of different attitudes about development that range from an orientation largely focused on preserving open spaces, to a focus that is dominated by a push for responsible growth. Although SOS Glenshire believes that preserving open spaces is the best way to ensure quality of life in our region, we are also very interested in approaching new development in Glenshire with a view for collaboration. There are many ways that growth in Glenshire can be responsible, respectful, and compatible with the existing community. SOS Glenshire is interested in working with developers to create sections of the community that everyone, including the wildlife, will be happy with.
Responsible growth includes:
- Smaller developments
- Green building techniques
- Stringent Best Management Practices
- Infill or re-development
- Walkability to community services
- Balance of open space and built elements
- Compatibility with Glenshire’s image
- Respect for NO-GO zones
- Wildlife: Glenshire is a seasonal home for the Verdi Sub-Unit of the Loyalton-Truckee Mule Deer herd. According to many certified biologists in the area, now is the time to focus on major mitigation measures in order to keep the Loyalton-Truckee deer herd from completely diminishing. Due to the steep decline in population and the lack of protection for essential habitats, it is critically important to protect this herd now or it will be eliminated. Canyon Springs, a critical wildlife area on the East end of Glenshire is a “bottle-neck” location for the migration of these animals to a seasonal fawning area. Glenshire residents have many wild creatures such as bear, mountain lion, coyote, raccoon, and bobcat, but the mule deer are truly a community icon.
- Water: You cannot over-exaggerate the importance of water. Water issues usually stem from clarity, cleanliness, and erosion. Increasing the speed, volume, and pollution in water as a result of development will have impacts all the way to the Glenshire pond, and then into the Truckee river. Erosion has the potential to ruin the waterways and land in this area. Actions must be taken to reduce erosion rather than increase it.
- Forest: The forests of the Tahoe region are a national treasure. The case for their protection is inherent to our understanding of our national identity.
Forest Preservation requires:
- Large contiguous forested sections
- Healthy uninhibited forest ecosystems
- Restoration projects
- Sensitivity to streams and watersheds
- Civic Responsibility: By virtue of living in this community you are an authority on this place. Only local people can recognize what will be positive, harmful, or destructive on the land in our watershed. In development there has been a slavish emphasis on economics as the main factor in decision making. It is our responsibility to guide our own community toward a focus on economics, the environment, and the community. A strictly economic system has actually proven harmful to the environment and the community.