Another year has flown by and we are so grateful for the many accomplishments you helped make possible in 2022.
In the spring, after docent-led programs at Deer Creek Hills had been paused for two years, SVC Docents enthusiastically welcomed back guided events to once again share their knowledge and passion for the preserve.
With the help of volunteers we successfully established a Rangeland Monitoring Program and habitat enhancements for tricolored blackbirds, burrowing owls and loggerhead shrike.
Twenty-two acres of brush management and fire risk reduction work was completed along the Scott Road corridor, and we applied more than 400 tons of compost to improve soil and sequester carbon.
In our 9th year of managing Camp Pollock, we hosted almost 10,000 visitors, planted 1,200 native plants, opened a native plant nursery, and sold more than 950 plants raising about $5,000 to support ongoing management and maintenance costs, while increasing access to locally sourced native species to support biodiversity in the Sacramento Valley.
We also celebrated Camp Pollock’s 100th anniversary and installed a watershed-focused interpretive walking tour.
Your support allowed SVC to finalize two new projects!
The Bear River Restoration Area Ecological Preserve, which was signed in October after eight years of SVC’s due diligence, provides 200-year level flood risk reduction for southern Yuba County. The project reclaimed nearly 400 acres of historic floodplain along the 2-mile-long levee setback area, resulting in a 618-acre preserve that SVC will manage.
The Bear River project provides improved flood resiliency as well as habitat for spring and fall-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle (VELB) and Swainson’s hawk foraging habitat.
Another 3.5 acres was also added to the Alder Creek Preserve in Rancho Cordova, totaling 33.6 acres of VELB habitat protected just south of highway 50.
In 2023, we will be working to increase learning opportunities with a NEW monthly environmental education speaker series, kicking off several multi-year public access improvement projects, and will be hosting native plant sales in spring and fall.
As we plan the spring outings calendar we are seeing more interest and enthusiasm in SVC’s docent, public education, and access programs than ever before.
Grant funding has given us a big boost, but as a nonprofit we still rely heavily on public support to achieve our mission. Every dollar helps expand our programs and conserve open space.
Please make your year-end contribution today.
Your generous support allows us to continue stewardship and land protection work. The health of our land and watersheds is essential to the health and well-being of the entire Sacramento region. Thank you for choosing to support the permanent protection of open space, now and for future generations.