Alan Erhgott, director of the American River Conservancy, in an email press release on September 10, said that the organization has completed the purchase of 1,059 acres of land along the Cosumnes River.
The purchase price was $4.8 million. The Conservancy bought the acreage from developer Angelo Tsakopoulos.
What the purchase of this land, 1.5 miles of river frontage is protected from development. At one time in the 1990's, a plan to put 569 rural lots was put forth for this property. That plan fell through, and Tsakopoulos bought the property.
According to Erhgott, "One of the goals of the American River Conservancy is to protect the native fisheries, the extensive wildlife corridor and preserve the excellent quality of water flowing downstream to Sacramento and other communities throughout central and southern California. This acquisition will allow for the construction of a trailhead that will provide future access to the Cosumnes River."
What this means for outdoor recreationists is an expanded opportunity to hike and enjoy an unspoiled area along one of last undammed river systems on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada. It serves as "...a rare model of a free flowing river system."
In its 25 years, the American River Conservancy has protected over 13,549 acres of recreational lands, habitat, and fisheries within the upper American and Cosumnes River watersheds. This represents a total of 77 completed conservation project.
Along with this impressive record, they provide many services to educational programs and schools, lead interpretive hikes, and provide opportunities for volunteers to pitch in and lend a hand.