Land stewardship is the recognition of our collective
responsibility to retain, manage and enhance the quality
and abundance of our land, air, water and biodiversity.
In the words of Aldo Leopold, taking care of the land also
means “preserving the land’s capacity for self-renewal.”
LAND STEWARDS The American River Conservancy currently owns approximately 14,000 acres of land in the Upper American River and Upper Cosumnes River watersheds. Consequently, the Land Steward Program was started in 2013 in order to help ARC staff more effectively monitor and manage those properties. Land Steward Volunteers act as the “eyes and ears” of the organization on properties ARC owns.
Contact Elena DeLacy (elena@ARConservancy.org, 530-621-1224) if you are interested in becoming an ARC Land Steward. Required training is scheduled for April 29 & 30, 2017. Check our Events Calendar for more information on how to register.
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SALMON FALLS TRAILHEAD The ARC acquired 757 acres for the Salmon Falls Ranch Project in California.
SALMON FALLS In 2011 and 2012 the American River Conservancy completed the acquisition phase of the Salmon Falls Ranch Project, acquiring 757 acres at the western terminus of the South Fork American River Trail system. The current phase of the project is the development of a 1 mile trail and trailhead facility located off of Salmon Falls Road, approximately 4 miles north of El Dorado Hills, California. The Salmon Falls Ranch Trail and Trailhead Facility will include public use facilities for hiking, mountain bicycling and equestrians, as well as general day-use public recreation associated with trails and wildlife viewing. The project will link existing recreational trail resources that are a part of the South Fork American River Trail (SFART), managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the American River Conservancy (ARC).
Help is still needed! Contact ARC to contribute to this project.
For more information about this project, please contact Elena DeLacy at (530) 621-1224 or elena@ARConservancy.org
AMERICAN RIVER HEADWATERS We envision spectacular beauty biodiversity and healthy forests.
AMERICAN RIVER HEADWATERS Now that we have successfully acquired this land, the work has only just begun!
THE VISION: We envision an upper American River watershed of spectacular beauty and biodiversity, with healthy forests that are resilient to naturally occurring wildfire, rivers and streams that support an abundance of native fish, and a network of trails that enable the public to enjoy the scenic and ecological richness of this property.
With a history of timber harvest, clear cutting, herbicide spraying, and 44 miles of road and culvert building have wreaked havoc on this land causing barriers to fish reproduction, erosion and sedimentation of streams and pollution of our water supply. We believe we can enhance old forest habitats, protected corridors and habitat values. We believe we can increase the fire resiliency of the forest, not preventing wildfires but reducing their impacts. We believe over time, we can improve the quality of water flowing from these headwaters downstream to support native fisheries, metropolitan communities and agricultural areas. Over the next four years ARC will offer volunteer stewardship opportunities within these scenic 10,000 acres.
Contact Autumn Gronborg, Forest Restoration Coordinator, for questions and support at 530-621-1224 or autumn@ARConservancy.org.