Conservation possibility for Sacramento River

Posted March 26, 2008 by Malina

imgp0291.JPGI just learned about a Congressional bill that has been introduced to protect 17,000 acres of riparian environment along the Sacramento River near Redding.  The area includes Salmon fisheries, Blue Oak trees, and many species of birds including the Bald Eagle (hey–if you can’t find space in this great country for our national bird what have things come to?!).  Two creeks–Battle and Paynes–that flow into this area of the Sacramento River are up for possible “Wild and Scenic Status,” and would be included in the protected area.  California already has several designated “Wild and Scenic” status rivers, and if you’ve ever rafted the Tuolumne or Merced River  canyons you know how wonderful it is to have these special areas set aside for both nature and recreation.

(Above:  A quiet morning on the Tuolumne River  gives us a chance to relax and hang out with friends in a protected nature area……)  

The bill  to create this National Recreation Area near Red Bluff, California is going to come up before Congress, so if you support the idea of protected wilderness and recreation land consider writing to our California Congress Women.  A great place to learn more about the proposed bill, the nature it will preserve, and the recreation opportunities it will support, is the Friends of the River website.


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