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Our Rivers and Lands

The American River Conservancy protects habitat, native fisheries, scenic vistas, and recreational lands within the upper American River and Cosumnes River watersheds. To date, we have successfully protected over 24,800 acres.

Our goal is to help achieve and maintain a balance between our human communities and the restoration and preservation of the wonderful riparian corridors and associated oak savannahs which make up the natural communities around us to which we can go to renew our connection to nature. 

Why We Protect Land

Water Quality

Safeguarding the region’s water supply and protecting riparian corridors is a main focus for the Conservancy. The various tributaries that make up the American River and Cosumnes River systems feed into the Sacramento –San Joaquin Delta to provide water to more than 20 million Californians. The Leek Springs project is just one example of ARC’s commitment to safeguarding water quality.

Diversity of Habitats

Many of the properties protected by the Conservancy support rare, threatened and endangered species endemic to this region. The Spivey Pond property and Pine Hill Preserve represent diverse habitats we have protected.

Recreational Opportunities

ARC supports low impact recreational use of public lands. The Conservancy and our partners have dedicated over twenty years to providing residents and visitors to the region with high quality hiking, mountain bike and equestrian trails along the South Fork American River, and with public rafting access to the river at Chili Bar.

Scenic Vistas and Open Space

The central Sierra region we live and work in is rich with beautiful vistas, rolling hills and wide expanses of open space. ARC recognizes the aesthetic quality of our rural region by protecting these special places, like Mt. Murphy in Coloma - home of the California Gold Rush.

Cultural Heritage and Working Landscapes

California’s native peoples inhabited these lands for centuries before the famous Gold Rush of 1849 brought settlers from every corner of the globe. The gold country of California - home of the Conservancy - is rich with history. ARC supports the acquisition of lands with unique cultural and agricultural values when they coincide with habitat resource values. This is exemplified by the Wakamatsu Community Farm.

Help ARC protect our rivers and lands for generations to come.




Why Do We Call Them “Projects”?

At ARC, we approach the ongoing work of land preservation as a series of individual projects with identifiable end points. Doing so has enabled us to protect more than 14,000 acres in the past 26 years.