BLM acquires lands to improve conservation and recreation opportunities

California
Mother Lode FO
Media Contact

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif.  — The Bureau of Land Management is acquiring more than 1,500 acres of land near Lake Clementine to enhance recreation opportunities, improve habitat conservation, and expand public access in the area. BLM, in collaboration with Placer Land Trust and Trust for Public Land, is acquiring lands offered by willing sellers east of Highway 80 in Placer County along the North Fork American River.

 

The acquisition, made possible through the Land and Water Conservation Fund and state grants, helps advance the America the Beautiful initiative, a locally led and voluntary nationwide effort to restore and conserve America’s lands, waters, and wildlife. These new public lands will provide access to the North Fork American River from the north side of the river.

 

“These lands provide enhanced recreation for swimming, fishing, and hiking,” said Mother Lode Field Manager Jeff Horn. “It will protect the health of the American River watershed, which provides water supply for the Sacramento region and scenic views of the canyon, river, and lake.”

 

Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund in 1964 to fulfill a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources, and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. The fund helps strengthen communities, preserve history, and protect the national endowment of lands and waters. Since its inception in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided $5.2 billion to support more than 45,000 projects in every county in the country.

 

For more information, please visit the Mother Lode Field Office site or call 916-941-3101.