U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Mother Lode Field Office|
Dave Moore Nature Area
David Moore was born June 4, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee and died August 13, 2001 in Calistoga, California. He graduated from Calistoga High School in 1967. After graduation, he entered the Navy and served for a term of four years, then attended Humboldt State University where he graduated in 1975. For the next ten years, Moore was employed by the Bureau of Land Management as a Conservation Ranger. He was stricken with multiple sclerosis at age 35 and forced to retire in 1987. Moore was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, whitewater raft, and golf. His disability brought to his co-workers such an awareness of the struggle faced by disabled persons that they developed a nature area for the physically challenged along the South Fork of the American River near Coloma, California.
On June 4, 1994, National Trails Day and Moore's 46 birthday, the staff of the Mother Lode Field Office held a grand opening of the Nature Area, and dedicated it as the Dave Moore Nature Area.
From Eastbound Interstate 80 - Take the Highway 49 exit heading south at the town of Auburn. Continue along Hwy 49 through the towns of Cool and Pilot Hill, approximately a 14 mile drive. The entrance will be 3 miles south of Pilot Hill on the right at the cobblestone wall.
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The South Fork American River is very popular because the rapids are relatively gentle and the countryside is rich in history. If you are not an experienced rafter, we suggest you make your trip with one the the commercial companies who operate on the river. All operators have met strict standards for safety and quality of service.