Saturday Dec 24 2011
Prime North Fork riverfront land near Auburn saved from development
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Placer Land Trust deeded 40 acres upstream of Lake Clementine
AUBURN CA - A 40-acre swathe of undeveloped canyon land on the North Fork of the American River near Auburn is now under the protective wing of the Placer Land Trust. The non-profit, Auburn-based land conservation organization closed escrow on the property last week. It’s located between Lake Clementine and Ponderosa Bridge. Jeff Darlington, land trust executive director, said that in addition to its value as recreation land, the protection of the property benefits water quality, wildlife habitat and the scenic beauty of the American River canyon. “This is a beautiful riverfront property in one of our strategic conservation focus areas – Lake Clementine,” Darlington said. Auburn’s Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust, which has aided the Auburn School Park Preserve preservation efforts, among others, donated the 40-acre property to the land trust, along with a $50,000 cash contribution for property upkeep. “We were very fortunate to be able to work with the Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust to see that it is protected for future generations,” Darlington said. The property, located on the north side of the river, borders federally-owned land near Long Point. It includes a stretch of river well-known and loved by kayakers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts, Darlington said. The two trusts moved to protect the property in large part to keep the river scenic and free from development within the river corridor, he said. The property has a primitive road but the land trust will have to determine how best to provide public access, community relations manager Karrie Thomas said Friday. “We have to do it safely and responsibly,” Thomas said.