Farmland Wins Over Urban Sprawl

At the end of December, 2017, we recorded our 7th property of the year. This property is very special, as it is a conservation easement from a long-time member of Placer Land Trust. The Meyer family made a charitable conservation contribution to protect their 21-acre property in Auburn off Mt. Vernon Road. “I drove by this…



Placer Land Trust Community Survey

Help guide Placer Land Trust’s future direction!  Placer Land Trust protects natural and agricultural lands in Placer County that benefit both our present-day community, as well as future generations. We are currently gathering input from all  who  live, work, and play in Placer County to ensure that we’re bringing the most value possible to our region. Please…


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Year End

What better gifts can you give this holiday season than beautiful vistas, healthy natural habitats, clean waterways, places for outdoor recreation, and protecting our agricultural heritage?   A donation to Placer Land Trust (PLT) can do all of that and more…! It comes with a year-long membership to PLT, and all of the benefits that come with…


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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…


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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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Placer Land Trust protects Kidd & Cascade Lakes Preserve

7/1/2017 A crown jewel near Donner Summit has been preserved! Placer Land Trust (PLT) is pleased to announce the recent permanent protection of 248 beautiful acres at Kidd Lake and Cascade Lakes near Donner Summit. This property is now called “Kidd & Cascade Lakes Preserve” and is owned and managed by Pacific Gas & Electric Company…



Our Staff is Growing!

We’re so busy protecting land that we needed more help!  Please help us welcome Lynnette Batt as our new Conservation Director. Lynnette grew up in western Maine, in a small town called Farmington. Her family had an 80-acre horse farm where she grew to love horses and riding. It was also in this rural foothill…


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State Insect Shows its ‘Face’ at PLT Preserve

In 1929, California became the first state to choose an insect to represent the state.  They chose the California Dogface Butterfly (Zerene eurydice) by conducting a statewide poll to all active entomologists in the state. Not until 40 years later would this unique butterfly become the official state insect of California. The Dogface Butterfly has…


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Land Conservation: It’s Important to Our Members

WOW!! Placer Land Trust members sent a BIG message this year on the Big Day of Giving: CONSERVING LAND IS IMPORTANT to our Members and the Community!   Here are the results, thanks to our AMAZING supporters!  366 of our members set a record by giving over $143,000!!  Placer Land Trust was the highest earner out of 600 participating nonprofits throughout…


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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…


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Welcome Karen Keene to our Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that Karen Keene was appointed as the newest member of Placer Land Trust’s Board of Directors at the March 2017 Board meeting. Karen considers herself a native Californian, despite being born in Maine, as she has lived most of her formative and adult years in northern California. Following her passion for…



Enjoying the “unity” in “community”!

Scotch Broom Challenge, no joke! All morning long this past Saturday I dodged April Fool’s pranks from family members and friends (since it was April Fools Day). I was happy to leave my phone and internet behind and head over to Canyon View Preserve for the Placer Land Trust’s volunteer event, the Scotch Broom Challenge.…


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Shop at Whole Foods Market Roseville on April 5th to Support Placer Land Trust!

Got grocery shopping to do??  Visit the Whole Foods Market in Roseville on Wednesday, April 5th to help support Placer Land Trust.  The Roseville Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of the day’s total net sales to Placer Land Trust as part of their 5% Day to give back. 5% Days are one meaningful way in which…


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Placer Land Trust Protects Nisenan Cultural Land

We are excited to announce the permanent protection of another 27 acres of oak woodlands and wetlands in Placer County.  This piece of land, located in Granite Bay, has special historical significance to local Native Americans. The land is located nearby to a historic Nisenan village named Odayan, and we have renamed the property “Odayan Preserve” in recognition…


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Our Members Step up to Protect our Natural Wonders…Forever!

“Forever” is a daunting amount of time, yet our supporters fully embrace the challenge in their commitment to protecting our important landscapes in perpetuity. We established the Natural Wonders Forever Endowment Fund at Placer Community Foundation in 2011. The endowment is designed to provide sustainable, financial support to manage and steward protected land … forever. Earlier this…



Welcome Keela Rodriguez to our Board of Directors

We are excited to announce that Keela Rodriguez was appointed as the newest member of Placer Land Trust’s Board of Directors at the December 2016 Board meeting. Keela is a resident of Lincoln and the Branch Manager of Stewart Title in Lincoln. Realizing the community of Lincoln wasn’t being directly serviced by a title company,…



Inspiration from the Farm!

Placer Land Trust members are building a brighter future for the “next generation”! But don’t take our word for it, let one young land-lover tell you herself… I grew up in Placer County on my parents’ organic farm known as The Natural Trading Company. Our farm has been growing organic produce since 1995. As a…



From the “Next” Generation!

The next generation is digging in, YOUR support helps deepen their impact! 25 years ago, Placer Land Trust founders set out to protect natural and agricultural lands that would benefit future generations. That mission is working as we are now seeing the “next” generation in action, and it’s obvious that our lands are in good hands!…



Our Lands Are in Good Hands — A Message from the Next Generation

For 25 years, Placer Land Trust has been protecting natural and agricultural lands for the next generation. Well, that next generation is here! We are now working with young adults who have never known a world without Placer Land Trust. These young folks inspire our work every day! Hearing what they have to say about…



Meet the Burgesons!

Every year our staff selects the “Land Steward of the Year” to honor volunteers who assist us with the ongoing maintenance, monitoring, protection, and improvement of Placer Land Trust preserved lands. Collectively, we call this “land stewardship.” We recently presented the 2016 Land Steward of the Year award to the Burgeson Family – Adrian, Dayna,…



PLT is Moving On Up – and Expanding

If you read our latest edition of Wonders, our seasonal newsletter, you may have learned that we’ve been undergoing some changes in our office. We are growing and recently hired two new staff members to join our team. On November 1st, we welcomed Eden Rock to our team as our new Operations Director. Eden has…



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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October 20 – Placer Conservator Dinner, Awards & Live Auction

If you missed our event, you can still watch the video here:   Join Placer Land Trust in honoring Loren Clark with the prestigious Placer Conservator Award! The celebration takes place on Thursday, October 20, from 6-9pm at  The Ridge Golf Club and Events Center in Auburn. Hosted by KVIE’s Rob Stewart – Host and Executive Producer of Rob…


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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…



AmeriCorps NCCC Rocks!

Several years ago we started working with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) Pacific Region, which is based at McClellan Park in Sacramento.  The first year, we weren’t sure how it would work having a team of young adults working on our preserves for several weeks at a time, because we’d never tried anything like…


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Night Sky

A fear of the dark is the most primal human instinct; however, this fear is mostly unfounded and subtracts from the magnificent scenery the night has to offer. Imagine that instead of relaxing inside after a long day, you head outside to enjoy all the darkness has to offer. You turn off your porch light…


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Farewell to Jessica Daugherty

With one part sadness and one part pride, Placer Land Trust announces the departure of Assistant Director Jessica Daugherty for a new job in the land conservation community. Jessica, who was recently named Auburn Journal’s “People to Watch”, has been with PLT for almost 11 years. She will be leaving PLT on Friday the 13th…


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Placer Land Trust Protects American River Recreation Land

Bailey family history honored through conservation Placer Land Trust is very pleased to announce that in early April it acquired 40 acres of gorgeous land along the North Fork American River at the bottom of the Green Valley Trail, south of Interstate 80 at Alta. The land was donated by the family and heirs of…


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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…



May 3rd + 4th- Big Day of Giving

BIG Day of Giving has been extended to 3:00pm Wednesday May 4th. To donate please visit our donation page   WHAT is BIG Day of Giving? BIG Day of Giving is an online networking and giving event that provides non-profits the opportunity to gain exposure and funding. “This is a chance for people 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…


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Rooftop Gardens: Putting your roof space to work

2/29/2016 Balance is something all people desire in an ever demanding and changing world. At times, balance can seem unattainable, but the vast majority of the population succeeds by balancing work with family, finances with recreation, and sustainability with progress. Many environmentalists believe balance is too far out of reach; that humans cannot continue to…


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Happy 25th Birthday to PLT

1/31/2016 Where did the time go? We can tell you where…to protecting over 8,000 acres of natural and agricultural land in Placer County for future generations! That’s exactly what YOU have helped Placer Land Trust (PLT) accomplish since its creation in 1991. This means that the first “future generation” is already enjoying the benefits of…


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Creekside Plantings and Restoration in California Rangelands

1/26/2016 In early 2015, Placer Land Trust was approached by Louise Jackson of UC Davis and Valerie Calegari of Audubon California regarding restoration work at our Doty Ravine Preserve and their need for information on riparian restoration in rangeland settings.  They were tasked with putting together a manual that would assist restoration professionals, volunteers and…


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Welcome John Marin to our Board of Directors

1/20/2016 At the December 2015 PLT Board meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint John Marin as the newest member to our Board. A native Californian, John was born and raised on a small farm in Martinez. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, School of Environmental Design, City/Regional Planning Program. For most of…


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Restoring the Land in Placer County – Reflections from a Sierra College Student

On a bright, unseasonably warm morning in late October I attended a guided tour through some of the last remaining undeveloped land in Placer County. We had driven up highway 65 from Rocklin, and just past the outskirt of sprawl that rings the town of Lincoln when we reached Swainson’s Grassland Preserve. The SGP is…


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The Gift that Gives…FOREVER

What better gifts can you give this holiday season than wide-open spaces, healthy natural habitats, clean waterways, places for outdoor recreation, and protecting our agricultural heritage?   A gift to Placer Land Trust (PLT) can do all of that and more! PLUS, it makes a really SMART gift for your favorite land-lover because…   It gives…


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2014-2015 Community Report

Thanks to our members, Placer Land Trust had a very successful 2014-2015 fiscal year! We protected new properties, took hundreds of people on exciting outdoor adventures, and provided many opportunities for our volunteers to make a meaningful impact in Placer County—just to name a few successes. To learn more about the land and the people…


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Mountain Mandarin Festival

The days are finally getting colder, much to the relief of the Sierra Nevada Foothills residents who haven’t experienced a quintessential fall in years. However, along with the chilly weather comes cold and flu season. Luckily, fall in Placer County also brings the beginning of mandarin season. Placer County mandarins have been found to contain…


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Placer Land Trust Honors Mark Fowler

On Thursday, October 22, with over 200 people in attendance, Placer Land Trust (PLT) honored retired Lincoln High teacher, Mark Fowler, as the 2015 Placer Conservator of the Year! A great time was had by all, and we are thrilled to share that this year’s Placer Conservator event was the most successful one yet!  Proceeds…



The Great Sierra River Cleanup

The Sierra Nevada watershed provides over 60% of California’s developed water supply and approximately 50% of water flowing into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta which, in turn, provides water to 25 million Californians and three million acres of agricultural land. Water that is not used or diverted flows through the bay which helps keep salinity from…




The farm-to-fork movement is gaining exponential popularity due to its successful reuniting of food producers and consumers. This local food movement, which aims to bring local farmers and consumers together for the sake of fresh produce, has triumphantly improved the relationship with local farms in the region. Farm-to-fork events are popping up all over California…


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October 22 – Placer Conservator

Join Placer Land Trust in honoring Mark Fowler with the prestigious Placer Conservator Award! The celebration takes place on Thursday, October 22, from 6-9pm at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis. Placer Land Trust presents the Placer Conservator Award each year to an individual or group that enhances the quality of life in Placer…


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Welcome Jim McBride

On August 17th, Jim McBride joined the Placer Land Trust team as our new Stewardship Assistant. Jim joins the stewardship team in managing PLT Preserves working with volunteers and implementing restoration and trail projects. “I’m excited to join the team at PLT as the Stewardship Assistant, and for the opportunity to work with and engage…


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Every Trail Connects

Go HERE to vote for Placer Land Trust! Every trail connects us to something special! They connect us to each other, happier and healthier versions of ourselves, and to the natural world around us. YOU can help connect Placer Land Trust to $75,000 from REI to help us build an maintain new trails that will…


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Placer Land Trust Protects Ranching Legacy

Placer Land Trust is pleased to announce that an additional 36 acres of one of Placer County’s oldest cattle ranches has been permanently protected. Earlier this month PLT worked with the Oest family of Auburn to voluntarily place an agricultural conservation easement on the northernmost portion of Oest Ranch, near Lone Star Road and Highway…


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YOU have a role to play…

We need your input to further our impact… Is Pacer Land Trust (PLT) doing everything we can to make sure that you feel like a valued, well-informed member? Or maybe you’re a potential member that hasn’t been inspired to join yet. Either way, we want to hear your ideas on how we can improve our…


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Refugio Oil Spill

With record high temperatures hitting the foothills there is no denying that summer is definitely in full swing. With the recent heat wave, locals are traveling to bodies of water in droves searching for relief. One of the more popular destinations is undeniably the coast, but the beautiful California coastline recently experienced a tragedy. On…


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Member Spotlight – Michael Driscoll

Michael Driscoll has built a life around taking good care of himself, others, and the world around him. Placer Land Trust (PLT) is honored to have the support of people like Mike and his wife, B.J., who first donated in 1999, and have been consistent PLT members since 2008. Mike believes in PLT’s mission in…


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Save the Frogs!

Frogs play an important role in the ecosystem food web in every stage of their lifecycle. Tadpoles feed on algae, adult frogs keep the insect population under control, and frogs are a key food source for numerous predators. Amphibians are sensitive creatures; their skin is highly permeable skin and it absorbs environmental toxins. This trait…



August 22 – Auburn Valley Brew Fest & Fundraiser

Looking to beat the heat? Join us at the Auburn Valley Golf Club (AVGC) on Saturday, August 22nd for their Brew Fest and Fundraiser! AVGC is hosting a fun afternoon of: • Beer Tasting from 3 Local Breweries • Live Music • Food • Contests • Games • Raffle Prizes And the best part…Placer Land…


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Big Day of Giving Results!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since my first BIG Day of Giving—what a ride that was! I know I speak for the entire Placer Land Trust staff and board when I say, THANK YOU to our members for making this day such a huge success! It was truly an honor to be…



Community Gardens

Balance. It is something all human beings strive for through balancing work with loved ones, bills with recreation, and nature with progress. Balance, at times, can seem unattainable in a busy, ever demanding, world. However, balance is more within reach than most people realize. Community gardens are a prime example of balancing nature and progress.…


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May 5th – Big Day of Giving

”I support Placer Land trust because when I’m outdoors I feel connected to the planet,” said long-time PLT volunteer & Board Member, Mehrey Vaghti. “I rather love this planet, and I also love the staff at PLT. They hold themselves to high standards, strive to be better, and think outside the box. I was fortunate…


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Improving Placer County Trails by 20 Miles

Placer Land Trust’s Executive Director, Jeff Darlington, was on Fox 40 Morning News on April 28th to discuss PLT’s Trails & Recreation Campaign.

To support Placer Land Trust’s Trails & Recreation Campaign please go here.

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Plan your visits early!

With summer fast approaching, wanderlust fills the heart. Dreams of summer river adventures and National Park camping trips are what foremost come to mind. Unfortunately, California’s pervasive drought has left water levels low which impact many traditional summer activities. California’s snowpack only reached 12% of the average this year and the effects are already being…


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Nature Deficit Disorder

Outdoor enthusiasts are familiar with the age-old wisdom that nature heals and reconnects all human beings. Science has provided evidence for this; there have been numerous studies showing that spending time in nature helps balance the mind, alleviate depression, and boost creativity. Doctors have agreed and note that getting vitamin D from the sun (cautiously)…



Spring is here!

As the days grow longer, and the animals beginning to emerge, I get the sensation that spring is fast approaching. We all recently lost an hour from Daylight Savings and now the spring equinox is set to arrive on March 20th. Here in California, we did not receive much of a winter; however I am…



Forgetting the Drought

The first Friday of February, I was sitting in a meeting in Sacramento when I suddenly heard the, nearly forgotten, sound of booming thunder. A sound I used to equally treasure and fear as a child, but has become more frequently distant as California’s winters have transformed into nothing more than a dry season with…



Flight of the Monarch

During the second week of March, as winter comes to a close in Mexico, locals are bombarded with a flurry of orange and black, exploding from the trees in what is the spring migration of the Monarch butterfly. The Monarch butterfly migration is nothing short of incredible. They are the only species of butterfly that…



Pepperdine University Law Graduate Joins Placer Land Trust Board of Directors

Placer Land Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Roseville resident Charles Leininger to our Board of Directors. Charles is a founding partner with Merus Law, APC located in Roseville. His law practice focuses on the areas of family law and estate planning, including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. Prior to co-founding Merus Law, he…


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For the Love of Nature

It is officially that time of year where flowers, chocolates, and valentines dominate the grocery store. If you are like me, you appreciate the representation of the purest emotion, love, but hate the price tag that the month of February attaches to it.  So this conundrum begs the question, what can I do with the…


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The Picnic Dilemma

It’s a beautiful spring day and you decide it is a wonderful opportunity for a picnic with loved ones. You go into the kitchen to prepare the outdoor feast and begin to assemble the materials for sandwiches. You reach into the produce drawer, to pull out the lettuce and tomato, and to your surprise, it…


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Placer Land Trust part of team effort to beat cancer for one employee

Placer Land Trust’s Land Manager, Justin Wages, took the court at the January 16th Sacramento Kings game to be honored by Kaiser Permanente on Cancer Awareness Night. Kaiser partnered with the Sacramento Kings to highlight four “Care Stories” – inspirational stories in the fight against cancer by individuals and their supporters and caregivers, told by Kaiser…


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2014 Placer Land Trust Community Report

Placer Land Trust had a very successful 2013-2014 fiscal year. We protected over 580 acres of land, we took over 300 people on outdoor adventures, we helped over 300 volunteers give back to their community, and we have almost 600 members and donors to thank for making it all possible! To learn more about the…


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Rural Placer County mandarin orchard preserved

Side Hill Citrus Farm agrees to conservation easement By: Gus Thomson of the Auburn Journal Rural Placer County mandarin grower Rich Ferreira said he’s seen the land around him slowly gentrified over his lifetime. With deep roots in the soil that grows mandarins, lemons and other citrus crops so well in the foothills, Ferreira decided…


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What gifts are you giving this holiday season?

Dear Friends, Each year, Placer Land Trust works to protect valuable wild and agricultural land, build new trails, and increase access to nature for all who live and play in Placer County. But we can’t do it without the support of all those who truly believe in the same cause – that time spent in…


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Placer County Chipper Program at work!

Placer Land Trust getting some work done at our Stagecoach Preserve with the help of Placer County RCD’s wood chipping program, and partnering with CalFire, a CDCR inmate crew, and our AmeriCorps NCCC Blue 2 team. The wood chipping program is designed to help in residential areas to create defensible space and reduce the risk of…



Assistant Director Jessica Daugherty receives 2014 “40 under 40” Award!

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Daugherty, PLT’s Assistant Director, was selected as one of the 2014 “40 under 40” business professionals by the Sacramento Business Journal (SBJ). Daugherty will be presented with the award at a ceremony hosted by SBJ at the Mix Downtown on November 19th. Each year the SBJ honors 40 people under age…


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New trails being blazed through North Auburn oak woodland

REI chips in $25,000 to Placer Land Trust trail-building efforts. By: Gus Thomson of the Auburn Journal A new 3-mile section of trail is being blazed in North Auburn’s Taylor Ranch Preserve as part of a Placer Land Trust effort to ultimately link the Bear River to the north with Hidden Falls Regional Park. With…


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November 9th – Taylor Trails Day

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to attend please contact the office at (530) 887-9222 for space availability.   Come join Placer Land Trust and REI on Sunday, November 9th from 9am-2pm, for a day of stewardship and celebration at PLT’s Taylor Ranch Preserve! We’ll be working on 3 miles of new trail on the…



Thank You for your support of the 2014 Placer Conservator Award Ceremony & Dinner!

THANK YOU SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS! 2014 Placer Conservator Award Ceremony & Dinner October 23, 2014 Honoring the ASRA Canyon Keepers     $1,000 Community Connector Sponsors:                      AKT Development Corporation Armrod Charitable Foundation           $500 Placer Protector Sponsors: API Marketing Bickford Ranch California…


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PLT Volunteer Races to Set a Good Example

By the end of the race season, Placer land Trust Board Member, Gregg McKenzie, will have participated in seven triathlons. “Is this interesting?” he asks during a recent chat. “To me it’s just a race.” But to those of us outside the triathlon world, it’s fascinating. Not only does Gregg train every day by swimming…


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PLT Welcomes Newest Staff Member, Kara Walker

We are delighted for you to meet our new Community Relations Manager, Kara Walker. Kara comes to PLT with more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, mostly working with the YMCA. She has a passion for educating young people on the importance and value of our natural world. She has a Bachelor’s…


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Wrestling the Spigot: 12 Ways to Conserve Water

So there’s this drought thing happening here in California, and apparently it’s not going away for some time. We at Placer Land Trust know that the land we conserve depends on water—as do the ranchers, growers, and beekeepers who work it. With that in mind, we offer these easy-peasy tips for the resisting the tap.…


Meet PLT’s New Board Member

Placer Land Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Loomis resident Gina M. Giambruno to its Board of Directors. Gina is a Health Education Instructor II for Kaiser Permanente and will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Public Health in August. For more than a year, Gina worked with PLT and San Jose State…


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Short-Cutting the Trail: When Is It OK?

Remember in elementary school when you had to wait in line for lunch, and there was always that one kid who would try to slip in ahead of everyone by striking up a casual conversation with a friend at the front of the line? Suddenly someone would shout, “No cuts!” and the whole gaggle of…


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Hiking with Kids? Check out Codfish Falls

As a wild and crazy teenager I spent long afternoons soaking up sun on the North Fork of the American River, eating Pringles, sipping Dr. Pepper, and working up the nerve to jump from the Ponderosa Bridge. (Yep, it’s illegal and often painful. Don’t try it, folks!) So imagine my surprise recently when my friend…


PLT Volunteer Rocks It

Have you met hiking docent, Karl Mertz? If you’ve spent any time on Placer Land Trust’s preserves, you may have met our busy volunteer, but even if you haven’t met him on a hike, you’ve very likely benefited from his many volunteer efforts as a geologist. Most people become geologists because it’s in their blood,…


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Community Support Aids in Recovery of Stolen Property

Our Facebook post shared by more than 200 people results in tip to local police! You may have heard that we were recently the victim of a major theft. One of our staff members showed up early in the morning on Friday, June 6, intending to work on a firebreak and fuel load management project…


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Volunteer Shares the Gifts of Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki at Taylor Ranch Preserve

When she was growing up in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Trula Daughtery’s mother always told her that “Trula” was short for “True Love.” It’s fitting, then, that Daugherty went on to become not only a meditation and yoga instructor, but also a Master Teacher and Practitioner of Usui and Karuna Reiki, which is a form of healing…


Love Blooms at Harvego Preserve

Though he was a couple of years older, Andy Herum and his wife, Ashley, attended the same prom– with different dates– and they didn’t manage to bump into each other on the dance floor. Later, they had friends who lived in the same apartment building at the same time, but the Herums didn’t meet in…


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PLT Hiking Docent Reminsces about Harvego Preserve

In 2010 Placer Land Trust purchased nearly 2,000 acres along Bear River now known as Harvego Bear River Preserve. The property, off of Lonestar Road in Auburn, includes a working cattle ranch, woodlands, grasslands, and a spectacular view from Bald Rock Mountain. Harvego is PLT’s biggest purchase to-date. Though one PLT hiking docent, who prefers…



Join us on May 6 for The Big Day of Giving

Have you heard about the Big Day of Giving? It’s an online giving event hosted by— a chance for local non-profits to raise as much money as possible within 24 hours and receive matching funds from a variety of sponsors. Placer Land Trust is very excited to be a part of this great fundraising…


Girl Scout Hopes to Bring Native Bees to Auburn School Park Preserve

If you took an amble through Auburn School Park Preserve last month, you may have noticed some hard-working young women sprucing up the slope in front of the community garden. Girls Scouts Jen Kramer and Allison Kiger, along with a few parents, volunteered to restore the area and help Emma Forester earn her Girl Scouts…


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PLT’s Land Manager Demonstrates Passion for Land and Life

It sounds like something out of a movie. A young man is diagnosed with cancer, and he has only two things to keep him going: his work tending to the land that he loves, and his love for the people who tend the land with him. This was no cinematic feature, though. This was life…



Final Deal Clears the Way for Trail Connecting Hidden Falls to the Bear River

Placer County acquired the final three links last month needed to lay out a public trail network that someday will connect Hidden Falls Regional Park to the Bear River. “These acquisitions represent a major milestone in our efforts to achieve two important goals: preserving oak woodlands, stream corridors and other key open space areas and…


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Trails for Sale – Double your money ’till December 31st!

12/5/2013 The Holidays are upon us and the end of 2013 is coming fast! Have you finished your shopping? What to get for the outdoor enthusiast on your list? Why a brand new trail of course! Placer Land Trust is poised to build 20 miles of new trails through 3,000 acres of foothills wilderness. For…


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Placer Land Trust Protects American River Land

Popular Rafting and Kayaking Destination Protected Forever Photo: Ian Buckley WEIMAR, CA – Placer Land Trust has teamed with the Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust to acquire another 160 acres of land on the North Fork American River at Gillis Hill,guaranteeing a five-mile stretch of the river stays forever wild and scenic. “This is the only private…


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Placer Land Trust Opens New Trail in Auburn

6/2/2013 Placer Land Trust officially opened a new hiking trail to the public following a short ceremony and a light brunch on Saturday June 1, National Trails Day. The new 1.25-mile Canyon View Trail is now open to the public from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Dogs are allowed on leash. The trail…


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Newcastle Attorney Joins Placer Land Trust Board of Directors

3/18/2013 Barbara Brenner Brings Agricultural Heritage and Legal Skills Placer Land Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Newcastle resident Barbara Brenner to its Board of Directors. Barbara Brenner is a founding partner of Churchwell White LLP, a Sacramento law firm with expertise in environmental and natural resources, land use, real estate and municipal…



6/14/2013 The Dream: we plan to build 20 miles of new trails on 3,000 acres of foothills wilderness north of Auburn. If you and your family share this dream and love to play in our natural wonders, read on – this is your chance to be the Hero in this dream! In addition to officially opening the Canyon…


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PLT Chips in on Historic Royal Gorge Acquisition

12/21/2012 Placer Land Trust was among many conservation groups and community members that recently helped protect the Royal Gorge ski area. PLT’s support of this project came directly from your membership contributions – Nice work! After a six month fundraising blitz to buy the Donner Summit property, which had been proposed for development, the cross-country…


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PLT Protects Historic Oest Ranch

12/19/2012 160 acres in American River Canyon Protected Forever Placer Land Trust and the Oest family are pleased to announce the permanent protection of a portion of the historic Oest Ranch in Placer County. On December 17th, as part of its new Small Farm Program, Placer Land Trust recorded an agricultural conservation easement on the…



PLT Acquires 80 acres of Oak Woodlands

9/6/2012 Hilltop property in Bear River watershed to be named after Skip Outman Placer Land Trust recently acquired 80 acres of oak woodlands in the Big Hill area northwest of Auburn, coming one step closer to linking the 1,181-acre Hidden Falls Regional Park to thousands of other acres of PLT-protected land in the area. “We’re…


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Photographer Phil Robertson Captures the Inhabitants of Swainsons and Doty Ravine Preserves

5/3/2012 You have probably seen Phil Robertson‘s images if you have been around the circles inhabited by nature and wildlife lovers in California. His work is in materials published by Audubon, Bay Nature Magazine, and the Nature Conservancy, and now Placer Land Trust! Phil has spent many mornings this spring tucked in a blind at…


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Remembering Skip Outman

3/15/2012 Dear Placer Land Trust family, We lost one of the finest members of our family last weekend. Skip Outman, past Secretary and six-year member of Placer Land Trust’s Board of Directors, passed away. Please join me in offering your prayers to Skip’s wife Jan, his son Chad, and the rest of the Outman family.…


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Land Steward and Volunteer of the Year

2/22/2012 Placer County Locals recognized for volunteer efforts in conservation. AUBURN, CA – On Wednesday, February 22, Placer Land Trust presented two special volunteer awards to Anita Yoder, the 2011 Volunteer of the Year, and Deren Ross, the 2011 Land Steward of the Year. Placer Land Trust presents these awards annually to volunteers who have…


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American River Land Protected

12/19/2011 Placer Land Trust is extremely pleased to announce that we have acquired and protected an additional 40 acres on the North Fork American River above Lake Clementine! We closed escrow on the property on December 19th! This project could not have been completed without the generosity of Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust(ETGT). ETGT facilitated the…


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Christine Turner, 2011 Placer Conservator

11/7/2011 NEWCASTLE, CA – Retired Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Christine Turner was honored by Placer Land Trust with the prestigious Placer Conservator Award on Saturday in Newcastle. Placer Land Trust awards the Placer Conservator Award annually to individuals who have enriched the quality of life in Placer County through resource conservation. “As Agricultural Commissioner Christine…


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Introducing Placer Land Trust’s Small Farm Program

11/7/2011 In the interest of protecting the working landscapes of Placer County, preserving our agricultural history, and sustaining our local agricultural industry into the future, Placer Land Trust is launching a Small Farm Program, designed to help local farmers and ranchers conserve their land for sustainable agricultural production. As part of its mission, Placer Land…


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UPDATE Great Sierra River Cleanup

9/17/2011 Placer Land Trust was one of Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s 50 partner organizations who participated in the third annual Great Sierra River Cleanup. The event took place on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 9am-12pm. Canyon View preserve and the surrounding area around the Codfish Falls Trail Preserve were our two cleanup sites this year. Collectively,…


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UPDATE: Placer Land Trust receives three grants totaling $639,000

9/5/2011 UPDATE:  On September 8, 2011 Placer Land Trust got more great news regarding grants, in addition to the grants already received below the California Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) approved another $39,000 to expand the enhancement project on Doty Ravine.  This grant will directly fund technical assistance for the Doty Ravine Habitat Enhancement Project,…


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Volunteer at the Great Sierra River Cleanup!

8/25/2011 The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is once again hosting the Great Sierra River Cleanup in conjunction with Coastal Cleanup Day.  Placer Land Trust is happy to be among the contributing organizations and is hosting two cleanup sites again this year.  Placer Land Trust has been participating in the cleanup since 2009 and during our two…


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Enter Our Photo Contest

8/11/2011 Placer Land Trust is having a photo contest to showcase images of Placer County’s beauty.  We are looking for photos of People, Wildlife and Landscapes.  The deadline for submissions is October 7th, 2011 and we will be announcing winners at our Placer Conservator Dinner & Award Ceremony on Saturday, November 5th.  All winning pictures…


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Oest Ranch Recognized for 150 Years

8/1/2011 On July 29th, 2011, at the California State Fair, the California Agriculture Heritage Club recognized family farms, ranches and other agribusinesses that have maintained their fiscal responsibility for over a century.  Daryl Oest, an Auburn rancher, was among one of the few this year to be acknowledged and inducted into the California Agriculture Heritage…


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Union Pacific Foundation supports Bruin Ranch expansion

6/24/2011 On Friday June 24, the Union Pacific Foundation presented Placer Land Trust with a grant of $7,500.00 in support of the Trust’s continuing efforts to protect Bruin Ranch on the Bear River. “Union Pacific has a long standing commitment to improve quality of life in the communities we serve and where our employees live…


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Help the Burrowing Owl!

6/2/2011 Burrowing Owl Enhancement Project During the month of June volunteers can join Placer Land Trust, Defenders of Wildlife and The Burrowing Owl Conservation Network at our Lincoln Preserves to install artificial burrow systems for the Western Burrowing Owl. The Burrowing Owl population has been declining for the past 15 years and the main problem…


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Harvego Bear River Preserve Monthly Tours

6/1/2011 Join us on Harvego Bear River Preserve Hikes! Come out and take part in our monthly docent led hikes on Harvego Bear River Preserve, formerly Bruin Ranch.  Take in the wonderful views from Bald Rock mountain where on clear days you are able to see Sacramento!  The working cattle ranch also includes a variety…


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Join us May 14 for the Blue & Green Ball!

4/29/2011 Blue & Green Ball, Saturday, May 14 Join us on May 14th at the Blue Goose Event Center in Loomis for dinner, dancing, and fun – to celebrate our 20th anniversary! Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of Placer Land Trust and Placer Nature Center, and honor our community which has worked with us to…


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Harvego Bear River Preserve dedicated on Earth Day

4/22/2011 On Earth Day 2011, over 200 people attended a dedication event hosted by Placer Land Trust, The Trust for Public Land and the Harvego family at Bruin Ranch.  At this event, Placer Land Trust dedicated 1,773 acres of the ranch as “Harvego Bear River Preserve” – permanently protected for future generations. In 2010, Placer…


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Natural Wonders Forever Endowment Fund Created

3/30/2011 Placer Land Trust’s Promise for Future Generations “Natural Wonders Forever Endowment” Supports Permanent Protection of Placer County Land In 2011 Placer Land Trust renewed its commitment to Placer County and future generations with the establishment of the Natural Wonders Forever endowment fund at the Placer Community Foundation. Placer Land Trust has established the Natural…


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Big Gun Preserve Protects Endangered Species

11/19/2010 Placer Land Trust Protects Mark Twain’s Jumping Frog California Red-Legged Frog Habitat Permanently Protected Placer Land Trust recently partnered with Westervelt Ecological Services to permanently protect a 52-acre property known as the Big Gun Preserve, located near Foresthill in the Middle Fork American River watershed, containing the largest Sierra Nevada population of California red-legged…



Placer Land Trust Protects First Mainland Japanese Colony Site

11/1/2010 On November 1, 2010 through a critical partnership with Placer Land Trust, the American River Conservancy finalized a deal with willing landowners and conservation partners that has preserved an historic ranch of “National Significance”. The American River Conservancy (ARC) purchased the 272 acre Gold Hill Ranch, site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm…



Help Placer Land Trust save Bruin Ranch

10/23/2010 Bruin Ranch ~ 2,300 acres along 3 miles of the Bear River We can save it now ~ as a public park and nature preserve for all to enjoy. Or we can watch as it gets developed for several hundred landowners to enjoy behind lock and key. The choice is clear. Working with the…



Adopt-a-tree program launched thanks to help from High Ranch Nursery & Wildlands Inc.

9/30/2010 In 2010 High Ranch Nursery and Wildlands Inc. donated over 1,000 trees to Placer Land Trust.  All of these native trees are in desperate need of a home on one of our Preserves.  We need your help to make sure they survive! You can adopt your tree online at our general Donations page. Just…



Our volunteers removed 4K pounds of trash at the Great Sierra River Cleanup!

9/27/2010 Placer Land Trust had 62 volunteers participate in the 2nd Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup this past Saturday.  The Sierra Nevada Conservancy coordinates this annual event. This year we pulled out 44 bags of trash and recyclable materials.  In total, we cleaned up almost 4,000 pounds of trash! Volunteers participated at two Placer Land…


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Thank You Conservator Sponsors and Guests!

5/22/2010 On Saturday, May 15th Placer Land Trust honored Andy and Shana Laursen at the 2010 Placer Conservator Award Ceremony & Dinner. The Auburn Valley Golf Club provided and excellent view of Bruin Ranch, and 13 artists provided work created there for a preview of what will be shown at Auburn School Park during the…


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2010 Foothill Forum

3/31/2010 A half-day technical symposium on the Bear-Yuba watershed and the oak woodland foothills of theSierra Nevada presented by the Bear-Yuba Partnership The waterways, oak woodlands, and ranches in the Nevada, Placer, and Yuba County foothills provide critical wildlife habitat and migration connectivity, scenic open space, and convey vital water from Sierra Nevada snow melt…


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PLT releases Vernal Pool studies

3/5/2010 Studies reveal vernal pool habitat loss in the Central Valley New studies show that 135,000 acres of the Central Valley’s vernal pool habitat—about 13%—has been lost to agriculture and urbanization during the last three decades. Placer Land Trust today released the findings of three vernal pool studies conducted by scientists at the Sacramento regional…


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PLT announces protection of 350-acre Oest Ranch Lake Clementine Preserve

12/2/2009 Placer Land Trust is proud to announce the permanent protection of 350 acres of rangelands in the American River Canyon near Lake Clementine PLT worked with Daryl Oest and his family to put an agricultural conservation easement on the Oest Ranch – Lake Clementine Preserve at the end of November 2009. This family ranch…


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PLT reaches 5,000 acre milestone

12/1/2009 In November 2009, PLT worked with Daryl Oest and his family to put an agricultural conservation easement on the Oest Ranch – Lake Clementine Preserve. With the completion of this project, Placer Land Trust is proud to announce that our grand total of protected lands in Placer County is now over 5,000! Thanks –…


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Bear-Yuba Partnership announced 11/11

11/9/2009 Strategic Conservation Initiative for the Foothills Placer Land Trust, Nevada County Land Trust, and the Trust for Public Land are announcing the formation of the Bear-Yuba Partnership, a collaborative effort to strategically protect the most important lands in the foothills of the Bear and Yuba River watersheds. This landscape-level conservation initiative will be announced…


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PLT Welcomes Gregg McKenzie to Board of Directors

10/5/2009 Placer Land Trust is pleased to announce the election of Gregg McKenzie of Rocklin to its Board of Directors. McKenzie is an independent consultant in restoration, mitigation, environmental permitting and land acquisition. His business, The McKenzie Land Company, is based in Rocklin. McKenzie is also a City of Rocklin planning commissioner, and a member…


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Joe Medeiros Receives 2009 Placer Conservator Award

7/18/2009 Sierra College Professor Emeritus Joe Medeiros received Placer Land Trust’s prestigious Placer Conservator Award at a dinner in Loomis on Saturday. The Placer Conservator Award honors exceptional individuals who have enriched the quality of life in Placer County through resource conservation. Past recipients include retired Placer County Planning Director and current Placer Land Trust…


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Help Restore Auburn’s Stagecoach Preserve

2/2/2009 Placer Land Trust to restore Stagecoach Preserve stream habitat Placer Land Trust is hosting an Open House at its Stagecoach Preserve in Auburn on Saturday, April 25.  For more information about supporting PLT’s work to restore the Stagecoach Preserve, please contact Karrie Thomas at Placer Land Trust, (530) 887-9222 or Placer Land Trust…



PLT Welcomes Jim Haagen-Smit to Board of Directors

10/16/2008 Local cyclist and trails advocate joins nonprofit Board of Directors Placer Land Trust is very pleased to announce the newest member of its Board of Directors, Jim Haagen-Smit. Haagen-Smit is a Newcastle resident who recently retired from a 25-year career as a software engineer for Hewlett Packard in Roseville. “Enjoying and protecting the outdoors…


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Local Students Support Homeless Birds

10/15/2008 Placer Land Trust partners with students to install bird boxes in rural Lincoln LINCOLN, CA – On an unusually cold and windy Sunday morning a group of 5th grade students from Auburn Elementary School and students from Sierra College huddled for warmth at Placer Land Trust’s Doty Ravine Preserve. Located in rural Lincoln, the…



Placer Land Trust Earns National Recognition – First in the Sierra

10/15/2008 Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission AUBURN, CA – The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced last week that Placer Land Trust has been awarded accredited status, making it the first land trust in the Sierra to receive this distinct honor. “Accredited land trusts meet…


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PLT names 2008 Placer Conservator

9/29/2008 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…


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PLT preserves 26-acre flood control property on Miner’s Ravine

7/1/2008 ROSEVILLE – Placer Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has permanently preserved 26 acres on Miner’s Ravine at Sierra College Road in Roseville, providing multiple public benefits for current and future generations. The Trust accepted a conservation and flood control easement from the Placer County Flood Control and Water Conservation District. The…