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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 423

Sierra Nevada Conservancy tours Sacramento Bend Area

Members of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Board of Directors got a close look at public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Sacramento River Bend area of northern Tehama County as part of their board meeting held March 3 and 4 in Anderson. The Sacramento River is the western extent of the SNCs area of interest. 

The Sacramento River Bend Area is managed by the BLM Redding Field Office as an area of critical environmental concern. It is popular with recreationists including hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers, equestrians, mountain bikers and others. (text continues below)

 A man speaks to a group holding maps, in a grassy area at the edge of a parking lot
The BLM's Kelly Williams, left, provides an overview of the public land at a tour stop in the Paynes Creek Wetlands part of the Bend area. 
A group hikes single-file along a flat trail through a grassy area
Williams leads directors on a short walk to Perry's Riffle, a river access point.
A view under the spreading bare branches of a tree, across green fields to a line of trees and in the distance, some hills
A hint of spring was in the air for the tour. The oak savanna grassland is greening up, but a giant valley oak has yet to regain its leaves.

 A view across tall brown dried grasses surrounding a stream, with green grass and trees beyond.  Gray clouds in the sky. 
Storm clouds gather west of the Bass Pond in the Paynes Creek Wetlands. Weather stayed dry and pleasant for the tour, however.

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is a state agency focused on the Sierra Nevada region and its communities. It covers parts of 22 counties and more than 25 million acres. Information on the organization can be found on its website: http://sierranevadaconservancy.ca.gov/.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern District, 3/5/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 423

Last updated: 03-10-2010