Continue Your Support

As 2021 comes to an end, we continue to be amazed by the generosity and support from donors like you, especially in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

Your support for open space has allowed us to keep our priorities fixed on the mission of the organization: to protect the beauty, character, and biodiversity of the valley, now and for future generations.

With your continued support, another 685 acres of open space was dedicated in 2021; permanently protecting 510 acres of grassland and upland habitat, 12 acres of valley elderberry longhorn beetle habitat, and adding 163 acres to the Sacramento Prairie Vernal Pool Preserve. These projects protect critical habitat for endangered and threatened species including Swainson’s hawk, vernal pool tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and more!

In October the Sacramento Valley welcomed an early return of vernal pools and swelling seasonal creeks after record drought conditions; however, the intense early rains further demonstrate that the protection of open space and climate-resilient lands is critical.

SVC continues to work on a number of multi-benefit conservation projects throughout the valley, securing habitat for some of our most at-risk species, while supporting the farmers and ranchers who work to bring food from farms to our tables, while also increasing flood resistance and helping to reduce the impacts of drought on the state.

As we continue to experience extreme weather and a changing climate your support has allowed us to adapt our land management practices to promote landscapes which are flood and fire resilient.

In early June, Cal Fire successfully carried out a controlled burn at Deer Creek Hills Preserve, the first of many prescribed fires on Conservancy-owned and managed lands, which reduce noxious weeds and fuel loads and aim to support improved habitat and oak regeneration.
Ready to bloom in the new year.
This past fall hundreds of new trees and native plant plugs took root at Deer Creek Hills Preserve through habitat restoration projects. The creek corridor, grasslands, and oak woodland will continue to provide food and shelter for wildlife, and recreation opportunities for our community.

With the help of generous donors and match funds from grantors, we have secured enough seed funding to begin the Lower American River Native Plant Nursery at Camp Pollock. The nursery will increase the availability of native plants for our community and also provide seedlings for our on-site restoration projects.

Project sponsorship and recognition opportunities include interpretive educational signsdedication tables, and the Camp Pollock 100 Year Anniversary Celebration and Nursery Dedication event planned for early next Summer.

After two years in dormancy, SVC’s Docent-guided outings return in 2022.

SVC Docents have begun planning guided tours for the spring to share their knowledge of SVC properties’ history, plants, animals, and more. We look forward to seeing you on the trails at Deer Creek Hills Preserve or enjoying a picnic under a tree at Camp Pollock in the new year.

Your gift today will help support local land restoration, conservation and recreation opportunities as we plan ahead for the new year.

Thank you for choosing to support the protection of wild places and open spaces, which are essential to the health and well-being of the entire Sacramento Valley.

Please take a moment to make your year-end donation to the Sacramento Valley Conservancy to support open space for all in 2022.

Kelly Hopkins in front of rock wall at camp pollock

With deep gratitude,

Kelly Hopkins

Executive Director
Sacramento Valley Conservancy

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