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AUBURN, CA – Placer Land Trust has announced the acquisition and permanent protection of 417 acres along the North Fork of the American River across from Sore Finger Point at Big Bend.
Acquisition by the property, called the “Big Bend North Fork Preserve”, will permanently prohibit any residential incursion into the river canyon, while at the same time permanently protecting the public’s access to the river along Ponderosa Way.
“Placer Land Trust is committed to doing our part to keep the American River wild and scenic for all of us to enjoy, forever,” said the Trust’s Executive Director Jeff Darlington. “This is the fourth river-front property we’ve acquired and protected along a 10-mile stretch of the North Fork American River above Lake Clementine.”
Placer Land Trust partnered with the Trust for Public Land, which used grant funds from the California Natural Resources Agency to purchase the property from a local developer. In addition to the property’s value as recreational land, it provides beautiful scenery, wildlife habitat, and water quality benefits to the public.
“There is no higher or better use of this land than to keep it open and in the public trust,” said Darlington. “Big Bend North Fork Preserve is one of our natural wonders, and we’re very pleased to work with willing landowners and conservation partners to protect these natural wonders, now and forever.”
Funding for ongoing and permanent management of the land was provided by the Trust for Public Land and the previous landowner, the Foresthill Land Company. Placer Land Trust is working with California State Parks on the management of the land, and plans to transfer it to State Parks as part of the Auburn State Recreation Area later this year.
A dedication ceremony, including the public opening of the Bradhaws Bar Trail on the Preserve, will be held this fall in conjunction with State Parks 150th anniversary. Each year close to a million visitors come to enjoy the American River’s 100+ miles of trails, the world-class river recreation, and the raw natural beauty of the river canyons within the Auburn State Recreation Area.
“The North Fork American River continues to be an area of special interest for Placer Land Trust due to its unique value to our region,” said Darlington. “We’re pleased to protect another stretch of the river through ongoing community support and statewide partnerships.”
Placer Land Trust has now protected 14 separate projects totaling 1,856 acres in the American River watershed, and a total of 7,766 acres county-wide – including oak woodlands, grasslands, parks, farms and ranches.
Placer Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit organization incorporated in 1991 that works with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently protect natural and agricultural lands in Placer County for future generations. To date the Trust has protected over 7,766acres in 34 locations across the Placer County region. For details, see www.placerlandtrust.org or call (530) 887-9222.