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Friday, August 14, 2009

Nevada Co. Land Trust news...

Stopping Sprawl in the Foothills North of Sacramento

excerpts from their Summer 2009 newsletter

Nevada County is endowed with a mosaic of beautiful landscapes, healthy forests, historical treasures, and small towns. These towns comfort us with timeless charm. Our farms and ranches feed our communities. Ninety-five percent of locals, according to a 2003 research study, report they came to the area primarily because of the landscape—its scenery, environmental qualities, and open space. Unlike many rapidly growing counties, Nevada County’s expansion is primarily driven by quality-of-life values rather than economic opportunities*....

On June 23 the Land Trust held its first board meeting on the Garden Bar property, its most recent acquisition. We are all hoping to garner the funding to gain final title to those 653 acres of vitally important open space....
... this open space together with that of the adjoining Wild Rock and Quail Ranches, whose owners have contributed conservation easements to protect them from development.
These three properties represent over 3,000 acres of protected land in the vicinity of Perimeter Road – probably the next major arterial to the Sacramento Valley, and prime areas for new subdivisions...

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