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Welcome to The Kanaka Valley . . .
  Book cover: Kanaka Valley Management Plan and Decision Record

Kanaka Valley Management Plan and Decision Record

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What you need to know . . .

 Kanaka Valley Public Access Map  (Adobe .pdf 1.9 mb)

The Kanaka Valley Management Plan was developed through a community-based planning process.  Kanaka Valley is located in western El Dorado County, California. The habitat consists of a mixture of chaparral, oak woodland and riparian vegetation types. 

Kanaka Valley has a high diversity of plants and animals; some of the rare plant species that grow there are found nowhere else in the world. 

Kanaka Valley Federal Register Notice
Notice of Interim Final Supplementary Rules for Public Lands in El Dorado County, CA

More on the Kanaka Valley . . .

Kanaka Valley sunflower

Kanaka Valley wildflower

Kanaka Valley wildflowers

Kanaka Valley Larkspur

The Kanaka Valley is 695-acres of diverse plant and animal habitat. The property provides a wildlife corridor that links federal and state public lands along the South Fork American River and protected lands of the Pine Hill Preserve. There are 269 acres of blue oak woodland, interior live oak woodland and valley oakwoodland as well as 24 acres of riparian habitat along Jill’s Creek and Crocker Creek.

In 107 acres of annual grasslands, wildflowers made a seasonal appearance. Kanaka Valley also contains 295 acres of chaparral, which provides habitat for seven rare plants, including four federally listed plant species.

Kanaka Valley was brought into federal ownership in February 2010 through a cooperative acquisition process to preserve riparian, hardwood and oak woodland habitat as well as to help protect populations of federally listed plant species.



Kanaka Valley riparian areaVision Statement 

The public lands in Kanaka Valley will be managed to conserve in perpetuity its various terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; to protect unique biological, historical/prehistorical and cultural values; and to enhance plant and wildlife habitats to be sustainable, fire-safe, healthy and diverse.

In a manner that provides safety and enjoyment for residents and visitors, BLM will manage Kanaka Valley as open space for habitat connectivity, educational and interpretive activities, and compatible recreational uses with no detrimental impacts to unique resources.
Consistent with existing BLM plans, recreational use of motorized vehicles will not be permitted in Kanaka Valley. Kanaka Valley lands will not be opened to mineral entry.

Environmental education and volunteer stewardship will be encouraged at Kanaka Valley; education and volunteerism will facilitate conservation of biological and cultural resources and enhance their unique values.

At least a portion of the Kanaka Valley lands will be included in an ACEC to ensure protection of rare and special status plants and their habitat.

The Kanaka Valley lands will be managed in a way that respects and protects private property rights, balances uses, and fosters a positive relationship with communities/residents.