U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Spotlight on Partners: Cosumnes River Preserve
To understand the unusual partnership at the Cosumnes River Preserve near Sacramento, you need to consider an ownership map. With each partner or owner a different color, the map looks like a patchwork quilt, with the Preserve stitched together in colorful mosaic. (text continues below)
It may look disorganized, but the opposite is true – it is built on shared responsibility, trust, and a long-term vision for preserving one of California's last undammed rivers, critical habitat for migrating birds, and one of the last remnant intact oak woodland forests in the Central Valley.
The project began in 1984 with acquisition of a key part of the forest by The Nature Conservancy (TNC); in 1987, Ducks Unlimited acquired additional lands and the two created the Cosumnes River Preserve. BLM, the California Departments of Fish and Game and Water Resources, and Sacramento County all joined and added land, reaching the current acreage of 46,000 acres.
BLM provides the Preserve Manager and a small staff, as well as support from its nearby Folsom Field Office. TNC does much of the tours for schoolchildren and operates the Visitor Center, and the other agencies provide funding and technical support.
The best part for the public is the Preserve operates seamlessly, with all agencies working cooperatively in a unique partnership that is serving as a model for the rest of the State and the Nation.
Cosumnes River Preserve (BLM-California, Folsom Field Office)
In the Field - a video visit with Cosumnes River Preserve manager Harry McQuillen
Cosumnes River Preserve organization (partner website)
|Last updated: 01-14-2009|
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