Sunday, 22 December 2013 11:36

Born to Be Wild

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The Sac-Sierra Chapter (in partnership with the Upper American River Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Auburn State Recreation Area, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Wildways Illustrated) just completed a project to raise awareness of the California Wild Trout and National Wild and Scenic River classifications of 2 rivers in their region.
These two interpretive panels combine art and science to raise awareness of visitors to the North Fork of the American River at Mineral Bar (Iowa Hill Bridge) near Colfax, CA and visitors to the Rubicon River tributary to the Middle Fork American River near Foresthill, CA. They will benefit wild trout and many groups, agencies and individuals by increasing awareness of the Federal Wild & Scenic River Classifications and the California Wild Trout Stream listings. "Our project is already being looked at by others throughout the Sierra Nevada's who want to bring attention to these two very important designations for their wild trout streams and wild and scenic rivers!", according to Bill Templin, the chapter's lead on this project and one of this reborn chapters' charter Board Members.


The panel on the North Fork of the American River at Mineral Bar / Iowa Hill Bridge near Colfax, CA was unveiled following a river clean up and BBQ event held on Sept. 21, 2013 as part of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy's "Great Sierra River Clean Up. An estimated 500 lbs. of trash and recyclables were removed from this area by members of the Sac-Sierra TU Chapter, Upper American River Foundation, Canyon Keepers and Protect American River Canyons with assistance from U.S. Forest Service resources.
"California adopted a Wild Trout policy in the early 1970's that identifies and manages beautiful and productive lakes and streams exclusively for wild trout." Wild Trout Waters provide a quality experience by providing the angler with an opportunity to fish in aesthetically pleasing and environmentally productive waters with trout populations whose numbers or sizes are largely unaffected by the angling process. "Decades of damming, diversion, and development was leading to the loss of free-flowing rivers in American when Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 to preserve the beauty and free-flowing nature of some of our most precious waterways.
The project was supported by a $5,000 grant from the Nevada-Placer Resource Advisory Committee. Public Law 110-343 (also known as the Secure Rural Schools legislation) reauthorized payments to local counties and to the National Forests for projects that benefit National Forests.

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