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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Increased Protection for Fed-Owned Sacramento Riverlands Urged


Sacramento River National Recreation Area

Imagine 17,000 Gorgeous Acres -- Protected for the Future

Let Senators Boxer and Feinstein know the Sacramento River NRA is worth pursuing:


Bills currently in Congress could establish a Sacramento River National Recreation Area on 17,000 acres of public land near Red Bluff, California. National Recreation Area (NRA) status would ensure that these lands are managed to protect their unique values -- natural, cultural, and recreational -- for the enjoyment of Californians into the future. The gorgeous landscape in this area, with its volcanic bluffs and scattered vernal pools, harbors many threatened and endangered plants and animals and supports healthy populations of cold water species. Quail, mourning doves, and wild turkeys wander among the rare blue oak woodlands, and bald eagles roost in the area in winter. The meandering river is home to four recognized runs of Chinook salmon and is prized by anglers for its vibrant native trout population. The lower Sacramento River near Red Bluff is one of the last intact riparian zones on the Sacramento River between Redding and Sacramento. Two creeks that are eligible for the national Wild & Scenic rivers system -- Paynes Creek and Battle Creek -- flow into the Sacramento River, and their lower reaches would be included in a Sacramento River National Recreation Area. These reaches contain wetlands that support migrating waterfowl and other species. The Bureau of Land Management has identified this area as one of the richest sources of cultural and prehistoric resources in California and the west. With over ten archaeological sites per square mile, these public lands contain a priceless resource that should be permanently protected for all to learn from and enjoy. People already appreciate the area for recreation. Thousands come to the river each year to enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, canoeing, boating, rafting, sightseeing, and camping. By designating it as a National Recreation Area, we would ensure that these lands are better managed to protect their outstanding values while also enhancing the recreation opportunities of this truly unique piece of California’s natural heritage. But we need your help! While the bills have been introduced, they will not be pushed through without encouragement from citizens like you.


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