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Central California District
Release Date: 08/30/10
Contacts: David Christy , 916-941-3146  
News Release No. CA-CC-10-97

BLM Announces Next Community Planning Meetings for Kanaka Valley

The Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office will hold public meetings on Sept. 9 and Oct. 7 in Rescue for the community-based management plan of the Kanaka Valley area near the Pine Hill Preserve. The meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rescue Union School District Board Room, (behind Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Road, Rescue).

“This meeting will provide the opportunity to learn more about the planning process and work on a draft vision statement,” said Lauren Fety, biological science technician for the BLM.

In February, BLM added nearly 700 acres of habitat for rare plants and other wildland species.  The acquisition is in western El Dorado County near the town of Rescue. Management planning will continue to engage interested parties through a series of local meetings open to the public. Information is available through the Mother Lode Field Office website.

The 695-acre purchase was a cooperative effort by the BLM, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the American River Conservancy. 

The Kanaka Valley is a diverse ecological system that provides healthy wildlife habitat and watershed  services. It was named for the Native Hawaiians known as Kanakans who came to California just before the gold rush. They settled in the valley and said it reminded them of their native land. 

The Kanaka Valley land acquisition provides 343 acres of blue oak woodland, valley oak woodland, blue oak foothill pine, and montane hardwood, as well as 100 acres of riparian habitat along Jill’s Creek and Crocker Creek, both of which flow into Folsom Reservoir and support native fish populations. The parcels also contain 167 acres of chaparral, which provides habitat for seven rare plants, and includes known and potential habitat for four federally listed plant species. 

For more information, contact Fety at (916) 941-3133 or at Kanaka Valley Planning


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Last updated: 08-30-2010