SACRAMENTO RIVER VALLEY:
20 acres from Wilderness Land Trust to USFS
PFT is pleased to announce our latest working forest conservation easement - the Turner Creek Ranch Project - is set to close by year's end. Turner Creek Ranch is a 725-acre working landscape that supports cattle grazing, hay farming and sustainable timber harvests. The Ranch has been owned by the Turner family for more than 150 years and is currently stewarded by Russell and Elva Turner. http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/2007/10/turner-creek-ranch-project-helps.html
May 26, 2005 Site Located for State Vehicular Recreation Area
BAKERSFIELD – The City of Bakersfield and the State of California, announced today their partnership to acquire land on behalf of California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, for the development of a State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). The property is less than 30 minutes drive north from downtown Bakersfield. The City of Bakersfield, on behalf of the State, has obtained an assignable option using grant funds from the Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, to purchase the prospective site, which totals approximately 11,000 acres. (NOTE: PROJECT IS STALLED DUE TO VARIOUS ISSUES)
The Tejon region is an irreplaceable piece of California whose future deserves careful consideration. Linking the Sequoia National Forest with the Los Padres National Forest, the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch is critical to national, state and regional interests for its unique biological values as well as its strategic values for national security. Development projects proposed on the Ranch pose a threat to both of these irreplaceable values. Tejon Ranch spans two counties, Los Angeles and Kern, and lies at the bio-geographic crossroads of five geomorphic provinces and four eco-regions, all within the global hotspot recognized by scientists as the California Floristic Province. The proposed Centennial project along Highway 138 in North Los Angeles County will replace over 12,000 acres of grasslands, juniper woodlands, oak woodlands, chaparral and scrublands with approximately 23,000 homes and 14-million square feet of associated retail and commercial uses. Tejon Mountain Village, located in the secluded hills and canyon areas surrounding Castac (Tejon) Lake, will impact approximately 37,000 acres of oak woodlands, grasslands, chaparral and scrublands, montane hardwoods and conifers, pinyon-juniper woodlands, wet meadows and riparian woodlands.
For more info, see the Center for Biological Diversity's page: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/programs/sprawl/tejon/index.html
MAPS OF CENTRAL VALLEY URBANIZATION TRENDS, FROM 1990 TO 2002
(CLICK ON MAP TO ENLARGE)
Study and maps on How Will the Central Valley Grow?
Alliance of over 6o member groups
The Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign is a coalition of conservation organizations, individual activists, scientists, businesses and spiritual leaders fighting for the protection of old growth forests, sensitive watersheds and threatened wildlife in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
State agency created in 2004. The 25 million acres of the conservancy reach from Kern County to the Oregon border supporting thousands of unique plants, a rich variety of wildlife, and a clean, abundant water supply for the people of California. The conservancy's purpose is to not only support environmental preservation but assist the regional economy, preserve working landscapes and provide increased opportunities for tourism.
Works to restore and protect native amphibian populations in the Sierra Nevada.
community foundation providing philanthropic stewardship and charitable support services to support environmental conservation in the Sierra Nevada region.
We believe that the region can successfully support important natural resources, productive agriculture, a healthy economy and livable communities. We encourage strategic thinking about the future of the region and support policies and actions that will enhance its sustainability.
The mission of Snowlands Network is to: Promote opportunities for quality human-powered winter recreation, Protect winter wildlands, and Educate the public and government agencies about winter recreation and environmental issues.
SACRAMENTO RIVER VALLEY GROUPS:
Works to protect open space opportunities within Lassen County, California. Since 1994, the historic Susanville Railroad Depot, owned and maintained by Lassen Land & Trails Trust, has operated as a visitor center, museum and bike rental shop. The Depot serves as the official trailhead of the twenty-six mile long Bizz Johnson National Recreation Rail Trail, which originates in Susanville, located in Lassen County, California.
The Mountain Meadows Basin forms the headwaters of the easternmost tributary of the North Fork of the Feather River above Lake Almanor. The big development proposal there is the Dyer Mountain ski and golf resort.
founded in 1998, is dedicated to conserving open space, wildlife habitat, and agricultural land, preserving over 2700 acres with conservation easements. The Trust's current areas of focus are the Cow Creek and surrounding Watersheds in the foothills east of Redding to the pine belt of the Cascades.
We are a local Plumas County environmental activist group working to preserve and protect the publically owned forests of the Northern Sierra Nevada. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate commercial logging on National Forest lands and to stop extractive industries from destroying our precious forests.
The Feather River Watershed, the largest Watershed in the Sierra Nevada, consists of 2.4 million acres and provides water to over 20 million Californians (60% of the state's population). It includes all of Plumas County and portions of Sierra, Lassen and Butte counties. By July, 2004, using both conservation easements and outright purchase, the Feather River Land Trust has protected over 27,000 acres in the Feather River region. About 90% of these 27,000 acres consist of working cattle ranches. The Land Trust works with the community to maintain traditional uses of the land as long as this usage is conducted in an ecologically sustainable manner. The biggest property saved is the 13,120-acre Bar One Ranch in Sierra Valley. As the first conservation easement ever completed in Plumas County, the Trust worked in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Business Council and the California Rangeland Trust to acquire this easement, which is currently held by the California Rangeland Trust.
Founded in 1975, BEC is devoted to environmental education and information referral services, and advocacy; works to halt leapfrog development and groundwater overuse and to protect vernal pools
In June 2006, the Northern California Regional Land Trust unveiled its most recent and largest project, protecting 4,235 acres of the Llano Seco Rancho. Funding came from the State of California. The Trust has protected other smaller parcels in Butte County since 1992.
committed to the protection, preservation and restoration of the entire Yuba Watershed; has permanently protect the South Yuba from all future dam proposals
Has protected 230 acres in this volcanic mountainin the middle of the Sacramento River Valley
To promote greater citizen involvement in the city's decision-making process and ensure that growth is managed in a way that improves our community and preserves its small-town character.
Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association, in Nevada City http://www.gchna.com/
Friends of Deer Creek, Nevada City, http://www.friendsofdeercreek.org/
Works to return Deer Creek to the same quantifiable state that it was before the beginning of disturbance (prior to mid 1800s mining) and give native biology a chance
a volunteer-run 501c3 non-profit organization, exists to protect, enhance, and restore Wolf Creek, its tributaries and watershed.
By its tenth anniversary in 2001, it had over 2,600 acres of conservation and agricultural easements, wildlife and wild plant preserves, and bird sanctuaries under its care.
In the near future, a developer plans to reshape the land and hillsides of this small, 622 acre valley, remove more than 7,000 oak trees, and Clover Valley will be lost to as many as 558 more Rocklin houses. Clover Valley is a 622-acre slice of land with historical roots dating back to 5,000 B.C. according to an archaeological study done in 1998. The study also found 34 Native American cultural sites in the area. Also see http://savingclovervalley.org/ and http://www.clovervalleyfoundation.org/
Our mission is to work with landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve natural open spaces and agricultural lands in Placer County. To date we have preserved over 2,500 acres in Placer County for future generations.
Protect American River Canyons (PARC) is an Auburn-based grassroots educational group dedicated to the preservation of the wilderness, recreational, cultural, and historical resources of the North and Middles Forks of the American River and its canyons for all to responsibly care for and enjoy. The American River Confluence Parkway project is a Protect American River Canyons initiative that involves engaging and building community and agency support for a new general plan for the Auburn State Recreation Area.
The American River Conservancy's mission is to protect and enhance natural habitats where bio diversity can flourish; and to promote, through environmental education, a broad ethic of stewardship, assuring healthy ecosystems now and for future generations. The Conservancy acquires critical wildlife and plant habitat by purchasing or accepting donations of land from willing landowners, protecting over 8,400 acres of fisheries, wildlife habitat, endangered species habitat, recreational lands and scenic vistas in El Dorado County.. For map of preserved lands, click here: http://arconservancy.org/xoops/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=21
The Institute for Ecological Health promotes the conservation of rural landscapes, Smart Growth, an end to urban-suburban sprawl, and a Land Ethic for the 21st Century. Our periodical Linkages explores key land use issues related to the design of vibrant human communities, avoiding urban/suburban sprawl, conservation of wildlife habitat and biodiversity; and the conservation of agriculture. To read back issues, click here: http://www.instituteforecologicalhealth.org/ieh_periodical.html
The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the beauty, character and diversity of the Sacramento Valley landscape by working with citizens, property owners, developers, public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. It works with willing sellers to create dedicated open space by gifts, private purchase, facilitation of public acquisition, conservation easements and by cooperative efforts. It preserves these lands for agricultural, natural resource protection, recreation, and wildlife habitat purposes. Total Acres Preserved: 7,219
For Sacramento County open space vision map:
to protect, promote, and restore healthy forests and watersheds to maintain the quality of life in the Sierra Nevada. Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) owns approximately 75% of the remaining forested property in Calaveras County. Documents filed with California Dept. of Forestry show that SPI intends to clear-cut the majority of their property over the next 50 years. Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch is organized to oppose SPI's forest practice of clear-cutting.
To restore, protect, and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras Counties for the benefit of local residents. Also, click here for a report on protecting open space in Amador County: http://www.foothillconservancy.org/FC_OSrpt_02.pdf
to facilitate, guide and support community projects that improve health and well being, economic security and protect the integrity of the ecosystem in the communities of Glencoe, Rail Road Flat, West Point and Wilseyville.
defender of more than 2,000,000 acres of forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, roadless areas, old growth groves, scenic oak woodlands, and other precious areas within the central region of the Sierra Nevada
Mariposans for the Environment and Responsible Government, http://www.merg-mariposa.org/ Working on development issues in the County of Mariposa and on management plans for Yosemite National Park
Oakhurst River Parkway, http://www.orptrail.org/
Constructing nature trail along the Fresno River in eastern Madera County
Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Fresno and Madera Counties, http://www.sierrafoothill.org/
conserves open space between Yosemite and Kings Canyon to protect wildlife, ranching and natural beauty for present and future generations. Manages 4 preserves totaling 5495 acres.
Sequoia Riverlands Trust, http://www.sequoiariverlands.org/
The Sequoia Riverlands Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in November 2000 as the Sierra Los Tulares Land Trust. The formation of SRT resulted from a decision to strengthen local conservation efforts by merging three Tulare County organizations: the Four Creeks (Visalia), Kaweah (Three Rivers), and Tule Oaks (Springville/Porterville) land trusts. These groups are now chapters of SRT.
We cooperate with individual, business, non-profit and agency partners to accomplish our mission. In April 2001, we formed a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to jointly identify and achieve key conservation goals in Tulare County. SRT also owns and manages nature preserves in Tulare County in support of our mission to conserve the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joacquin Valley. These preserves total over 4,500 acres.
Although once widespread, giant sequoias now occur only in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California. Past land management policies have proven ineffective in protecting Sequoia National Forest ecosystems, watersheds, and the environmental and social value of these areas. Sequoia ForestKeeper fills this void by acting as the guardian of the forest. SFK works to create solutions to these inadequate land management practices; to promote land stewardship; to enforce existing laws and regulations, including sustainable management mandates; to implement public awareness programs; and to offer assistance to local land management agencies.
Friends of the South Fork Kings, http://www.sfkingsriver.org/
An alliance of people who care enough about the watershed that contains Cedar Grove that we have chosen to adopt it.
River Ridge’s owners bought the 722 acre Negus Ranch in 2000 when it looked as if the land would end up as a major housing development on the Tule River. By working with their local land trust, the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, and a number of partners and donors, they were able to place a conservation easement on the ranch and market the development rights. River Ridge is now fully protected in perpetuity and will remain a haven for people seeking personal restoration and recreation and for the flora and fauna which abound on the property.
Tuolumne River Trust, http://www.tuolumne.org/
The Tuolumne River Trust is dedicated to promoting the stewardship of the Tuolumne River and its tributaries, including the Clavey River, to ensure a healthy watershed.
We feel that the management agencies in the High Sierra are heavily biased in favor of commercial interests such as horse & mule packers, cattle & sheep grazers, and mining companies. These interests exploit, debase, and pollute our cherished national lands for private gain—to the detriment of those of us on foot, and at great cost to the public.
To promote the conservation and protection of the natural habitat and ecosystems of the Hetch Hetchy Valley and its associated natural resources, including the Tuolumne River, which lie within Yosemite National Park.
Upper Merced River Watershed Council, www.sierratel.com/watershed
Voters Choice of Tuolumne County, http://www.tuolumnevoterschoice.com/
Fighting sprawl in the Sierra foothills
Works on ecosystem restoration in Tulare County. Also monitoring the Yokohl Ranch Project which is planned to be a new city of 10,000 homes and a resort area built on the 36,000 acre ranch property owned by J.G. Boswell. The Yokohl Valley, currently zoned agricultural, is a vast area of rangeland surrounded by blue oak woodland habitat and considered by many to be a scenic and open space resource not suitable for accomodating a city larger than Visalia.
For a map of Yokohl Ranch, see http://yokohlranch.com/yokohl/location.asp
The San Joaquin River Conservancy was created by the state legislature to develop and manage the San Joaquin River Parkway. The enabling act recognized that the San Joaquin River corridor constitutes a unique and important resource of regional and statewide significance with environmental, cultural, scientific, agricultural, educational, recreational, scenic, flood conveyance, and wildlife values. The legislature formed the Conservancy to:
Implement the San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan, a 22-mile regional greenspace and wildlife corridor in the river-bottom extending from Friant Dam to Highway 99, with an interconnected trail system and recreational and educational features;
and Acquire approximately 5900 acres from willing sellers at fair market value;
San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, http://www.riverparkway.org/
Our mission is to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands having ecological, scenic or historic significance, to educate the public on the need for stewardship, to research issues affecting the river, and to promote educational, recreational and agricultural uses consistent with the protection of the river’s resources. As of year 2000, Parkway lands totalled nearly 2800 acres.
California Tahoe Conservancy, http://www.tahoecons.ca.gov/
The Conservancy is an independent State agency; Its jurisdiction extends only to the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The Conservancy is not a regulatory agency. It was established to develop and implement programs through acquisitions and site improvements to improve water quality in Lake Tahoe, preserve the scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of the region, provide public access, preserve wildlife habitat areas, and manage and restore lands to protect the natural environment.
When the Conservancy began its acquisition program in 1985, it identified between 6,000 and 7,000 undeveloped parcels as environmentally sensitive, out of a total of 15,000 privately-owned undeveloped parcels on the California side of the basin.
Since 1985, the Conservancy has authorized the expenditure, directly or through grants, of more than $150 million to acquire or obtain various kinds of interests in more than 5,450 parcels involving more than 6,450 acres of land, and for the implementation of 325 erosion control, public access, wildlife enhancement, and restoration and management projects.
See their progress report at http://www.tahoecons.ca.gov/library/progrep/index.html for more details.
Martis Valley, north of Lake Tahoe, http://www.sierrawatch.org/
Sierra Watch is actively following through with conservation goals for Martis Valley, and we are exporting our success to similar efforts up and down the Sierra Nevada. In Lassen County, we are providing strategic resources to defend Dyer Mountain. In the southern Sierra, we are working with land trusts and public agencies to permanently protect the slopes of Mount Whitney.
Collaborative solutions to protect, enhance and restore the Truckee River watershed
Tahoe Rim Trail, http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/ To maintain and enhance the Tahoe Rim Trail system and encourage stewardship through volunteer programs, educational outreach, and community partnerships.
For trails maps and other info: http://www.tahoesbest.com/Hiking/trailsbyregion.htm#TRT
The Sugar Pine Foundation was formed to reestablish natural regeneration of sugar pines
and western white pines in the Lake Tahoe Region with a natural genetic resistance to white pine blister rust.
Works to assist many different groups and educational organizations in working together to educate the public about how to prevent the pollution of Lake Tahoe