Bringing back Middle Martis Wetland

Middle Martis Wetland was originally an alluvial fan of rivulets—multiple streams of life-sustaining channels. But due to decades of abuse from road and railroad building, the fan was confined to a single channel, eroding opportunities for wildflowers, birds and aquatic life to thrive.

To revive the fan, we first reconnect natural aquatic pathways. Then we re-introduce native sedges, grasses, shrubs and trees. Much of this work is done by volunteers and nature-lovers like you.

    Look who’s back…

    The Meadow
    By reviving 60 acres of meadow and a mile of stream, we’ve created a haven for aquatic insects, Yellow Warblers and Willow Flycatchers.

    The Fish
    Eliminating erosion and headcuts improves passage for fish. So trout, dace and Sculpin will find their way back here.

    Sedge and Willow
    We’ve re-introduced soil-holding sedge and willow species to the riparian areas south of Highway 267.

    Where it
     all happens

    The Middle Martis Wetland is located 5 miles south of the town of Truckee on Highway 267. It can be accessed from Waddle Ranch road.

    Fast Facts

    Location: 5 miles south of the town of Truckee on Highway 267

    Scale: 60 acres of meadow and wetlands 

    Scope: August 2012 – October 2016

    Project Cost: $1,600,000
    100% funded



    For more information on assessments, monitoring, plans and reports involving Middle Martis Wetland, check out this resources section.

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