California Wildlife Foundation honored for resource protection work
AUBURN, CA –– On Saturday on the banks of Coon Creek, Placer Land Trust presented the prestigious Placer Conservator Award to the California Wildlife Foundation for enriching the quality of life in Placer County through resource conservation.
The California Wildlife Foundation (CWF), based in Oakland, is a nonprofit foundation that works to protect the state’s rich diversity of wildlife species. CWF works with the State of California and with partner organizations like Placer Land Trust to acquire, restore, and manage wildlife habitat to sustain healthy wildlife populations over time.
“My hat’s off to the California Wildlife Foundation” said Placer Land Trust Executive Director Jeff Darlington. “They promote public-private partnerships that enrich and sustain communities across the state, including here in Placer County. The Foundation has been a big part of our recent successes in protecting 2,000 acres of iconic oak woodland landscapes that people associate with our region.”
The presentation of the Placer Conservator Award took place at the Trust’s 7th annual Placer Harvest Celebration dinner on Saturday at the Taylor Ranch Preserve, a 321-acre working landscape and oak woodlands preserve north of Auburn. CWF provided the vision and a portion of the funding for Placer Land Trust to permanently protect Taylor Ranch Preserve in 2007. Other project partners included Placer County, the Trust for Public Land, and the State of California.
CWF has also partnered with Placer Land Trust and Placer County to protect other important lands in Placer County – 2,000 acres in all. This acreage provides critical habitat for an incredibly rich diversity of wildlife, and provides other public benefits such as water quality protection, sustainable agriculture, and public recreation access.
The awards event was sponsored by the United Auburn Indian Community, Thunder Valley Casino, Andregg Geomatics and other local businesses and organizations that appreciate the importance of land conservation to our local quality of life.
At the event, Shelley McGinnis from the United Auburn Indian Community and Kevin Hunting from the California Department of Fish & Game also had words of praise for the leadership of California Wildlife Foundation and Placer Land Trust in land conservation in Placer County.
Past recipients of the Placer Conservator award include Janice Forbes of the Placer Community Foundation (2007), Joanne Neft of PlacerGROWN (2006), and Fred Yeager, former director of the Placer County Planning Dept. (2005).
Placer Land Trust is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1991 and dedicated to working with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently preserve natural and agricultural lands in Placer County. To date the Trust has preserved 4,654 acres across Placer County for current and future generations. For more information about Placer Land Trust, call (530) 887-9222 or visit www.placerlandtrust.org.