Spotlight on Partners: American River Conservancy
As the population expands into the Sierra Nevada foothills, open space becomes increasingly valuable. With the help of the American River Conservancy, the BLM is able to provide opportunities for open space to ride horses, bike, hike or just enjoy nature.
One of BLM’s longest established partners in this region, the American River Conservancy's mission is to protect and enhance natural habitats and to promote a broad ethic of stewardship now and for future generations.
Folsom-Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition (FATRAC) regroup at an intersection on the Cronan Ranch:
The Conservancy acquires critical wildlife and plant habitat by purchasing or accepting donations of land from willing landowners. To date, the Conservancy has protected 9,401 acres of wildlife habitat, recreational lands and scenic vistas in El Dorado County. Since its beginning in 1989, the Conservancy has provided hands-on environmental education programs to more than 65,000 children and adults through area schools and the American River Nature Center in the Marshall Gold State Park in Coloma.
Over time, the Conservancy, under the leadership of executive director Alan Ehrgott, has expanded the partnership with BLM to include the protection of fisheries and wildlife habitat along the Upper Cosumnes River, as well as the protection of a unique community of rare plants within the Pine Hill Ecological Preserve in El Dorado County.
Below: American River Conservancy executive director Alan Ehrgott (holding microphone) and former BLM Folsom field office manager Dean Swickard at the dedication ceremony for Cronan Ranch.
Most recent in its long list of accomplishments related to BLM is the Conservancy’s acquisition of the 1,414-acre Cronan Ranch along the lower South Fork of the American River. After the Conservancy turned the ranch over to BLM for public use, it officially became the Cronan Ranch Regional Trails and Park.
Above: A group of hikers at the new Cronan Ranch Regional Trails and Park.
Below: Another cyclist hits the Cronan trails: