Northstar California Resort, in large partnership with environmental non-profit organizations, Sierra Watch and Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, seized upon an opportunity to develop a comprehensive document that could be used as a planning tool. Known as the Habitat Management Plan and finalized in 2009, it is a perpetual resource management guide that is used to conserve and enhance the natural resource values of Northstar lands while allowing for current and planned future land uses in a manner that is compatible with strong stewardship. This balance of the needs of Northstar California Resort and the special environment we all treasure here in Martis Valley resulting in the creation of the Habitat Management Plan is a story of meaningful, successful collaboration.
Northstar has been a proud recipient of the WRAP Award - the State of California's Waste Reduction Awards Program - for the past thirteen consecutive years. This year, Northstar donated 350 wood pallets to a local firewood distributor for reuse as firewood. Through recycling programs, reuse programs and using technology instead of paper, Northstar has diverted approximately 255 tons of material from the landfill.
Northstar and East West Partners have made a landmark agreement to generate millions of dollars to purchase and preserve open space in the Martis Valley located in North Lake Tahoe. Through a real estate transfer fee of one-half percent to be paid on all new residential property sales and re-sales of the Northstar properties, both companies came to an agreement with non-profit environmental organizations Sierra Watch and Mountain Area Preservation Foundation. The transfer fee set out by this agreement should raise over $30 million for open space in the Martis Valley over the next 25 years.
Northstar's strong support of the local environment carries over onto the golf course. The Audubon Signature Cooperative Sanctuary System designated the Northstar Golf Course as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This coveted environmental honor recognizes developments that have merged wildlife conservation, habitat enhancement, resource conservation, and environmental improvement with the economic agenda associated with the development.
Supporting the Lake Tahoe Community
Northstar, through the Vail Resorts Echo program, helps support our community on multiple platforms: Environmental Stewardship, Charitable Giving, and Employee Volunteerism.
A Smoke-Free Resort
Northstar is a smoke-free resort. Smoking is permitted only across from the Security Office located below the Village at Northstar. Smoking is prohibited at all other areas of the mountain, Village, and resort. Thank you for your cooperation.