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Upper Pinecroft and Old Airport Preserves: Permanently Protected Watershed Lands

Placer Land Trust has permanently protected two properties totaling 249-acres of land in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) and the nonprofit Stewardship Council. Placer Land Trust protected the Upper Pinecroft Preserve and the Old Airport Preserve by placing a conservation easement on both properties, ensuring they can continue to be used by…


Conservation & Grazing

Conservation and Grazing — Can They Work Together?

Conservation and grazing don’t always go hand in hand. There are benefits and drawbacks, but like any good relationship there is a place in the middle that can make both partners happy. Placer Land Trust began working with Imbach Ranch (Ron, Ryan and Tracy Schohr) in 2012. Prior to that, we worked with Dan Macon who…


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Snake Season: What You Need to Know

As the temperatures warm up and more people are getting outdoors, we wanted to share this previous blog post on rattle snakes along with a few updates… The vast majority of snakes in California are harmless, save for one, the rattlesnake. California is home to eight species of rattlesnake; the one we find in Northern California…



Board Member Builds Relationships to Build Trails

Placer Land Trust’s board member Jim Haagen-Smit has strong beliefs when it comes to trails. Belief in partnerships is a basic tenet of his and it has served him well as he forged relationships during REI’s 2015 Every Trail Connects campaign. This campaign supported trail networks that connected to communities. Jim knew he wasn’t the…


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Artificial Burrow Designs for Burrowing Owls: Learning as we go

Over the past several years we’ve been experimenting with numerous designs for making artificial nests to help increase the Burrowing Owl population on our Swainsons Grassland Preserve and Doty Ravine Preserve, both in the Lincoln area. We’ve had some successes and we’ve learned some things along the way helping to improve our designs. Land Manager…


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Christian Valley Park Protected

On July 7, 2016, Placer Land Trust and our project partners held a dedication ceremony in celebration of the permanent protection of Christian Valley Park, a 16-acre recreation property east of Auburn. The public was invited to attend the celebration, which included the unveiling of a new sign, a fun archery activity, and yummy ice cream…


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Day Hiker: Canyon View Preserve nearby and beautiful

Written by Mary West of the Auburn Journal   I first visited the Canyon View Preserve three years ago. The day Jeff Darlington of the Placer Land Trust (PLT) celebrated its grand opening to the public. Members of the media, local dignitaries, PLT volunteers, and many local residents gathered that morning to get a first…



Is the Trail Calling Your Name?

Meet the newest trail at our Harvego Bear River Preserve! This particular section of trail is BRAND NEW, constructed earlier this spring! It’s located quite a distance away from the trailhead – so unfortunately we won’t be visiting it on our regular docent led hikes just yet. But, once this trail system is open to the public, we KNOW…


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Our Harvego Bear River Preserve is Safer!

Thanks to grant funding provided from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, our Harvego Bear River Preserve and the surrounding community is now safer with less risk of catastrophic fire. In 2012, we applied for and received a $300,000 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for the Harvego Bear River Preserve Improved Forest Management Implementation Project.  In…


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4th Grade Student Becomes Champion for Burrowing Owls

Erik Yaw of Roseville is one proud Dad!  His 4th grade daughter Juliana is on her way to the Nature Bowl finals thanks to her project on Burrowing Owls.  Juliana, who attends Blue Oaks Elementary school in Roseville, is on a team of students who participated in a competition at the Placer Nature Center in…


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Land Stewardship: A Synonym for Conservation

March 15, 2016 Our planet is a superorganism, composed of an intricate network of biogeochemical processes. Each component of these processes plays an irreplaceable role in making this planet home. The terrestrial biosphere (which includes the soil) absorbs carbon, and the oceans take part in the greatest exchange of actively cycled carbon in the world.…



Vernal Pools – California’s “Galapagos Islands”

3/08/2016 Vernal pools derive their name from the Latin vernus meaning spring.  Perhaps this is the season when they were first noticed, with their showy wildflower displays.  They are actually intermittent bodies of water; wet during a portion of the year but bone-dry during the balance of the year.  Their sizes vary from only a…