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Central California District
Release Date: 11/02/10
Contacts: David Christy , (916) 941-3146  
News Release No. CC1109

BLM Announces Next Community Planning Meetings for Kanaka Valley

The Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode Field Office will hold public meetings 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 Green Valley Elementary School, 2380 Bass Lake Rd, Rescue (except Dec. 2 meeting which will be held at the adjacent Rescue Union District Board Room).

  • Nov. 4
  • Dec. 2
  • Jan. 6, 2011
  • Feb. 3, 2011
  • March 3, 2011
  • April 7, 2011

“These meetings will focus on specific topics such as recreation, fire and fuels management, scenic values and access,” said Lauren Fety, biological science technician for the BLM. “As a group, we’ll discuss specific objectives and brainstorm how to reach them.”  The working schedule of meeting topics is posted at the Mother Lode BLM webpage at  The agenda may change slightly if more time is needed to discuss particular topics.  Check back for updates.

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, CA.   Management planning will continue to engage interested parties through a series of local meetings open to the public. Community participation, especially from a variety of viewpoints, is central in this effort to seek solutions that optimize protection and use of the public lands. Information is available through the Mother Lode Field Office website.

The 695-acre purchase was a cooperative effort by 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


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Last updated: 11-02-2010