Huge Gains in Saving Land in California Between 2000 and Summer of 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 28, 2007
Contact: Rex Frankel, 310-572-6491, http://www.connectingcalifornia.org/
RECORD AMOUNT OF LAND HAS BEEN SAVED IN
With Californians packing our beaches and state and national parks this summer, a new online guide to the millions of acres of new
Together, our State parkland and wildlife habitat agencies and the Federal government have bought and preserved a record amount, or more than 1.5 million acres of
To put this in context, the recently preserved land is 42% of the size of the land covered by urban sprawl in the state, based on a year 2000 State Housing Department study which found that around 3.5 million acres of California was then urban sprawl, equaling over 100 years of development. This newly preserved land equals over 4 times the acreage of the State’s largest city,
Many of these purchases have been in partnership with local land trusts, which are non-profit charitable groups.
The just-released report is part of the California Conservation Lands Inventory, which has been assembled by http://www.connectingcalifornia.org/, the place on the web to find information about saving land in our state, connecting our parks together, and supporting the groups that are doing it. Included in the report are maps and photos of the new parklands and links to reports, background information and the local environmental groups that helped make the purchases happen.
What are taxpayers getting for their money?
Buying up the rivers that flow from the mountains to the sea in
Buying up a ring of parks and wildlife areas around the
Buying up thousands of acres of redwood forests on the
Buying river park corridors in the Central Valley’s
Buying the old railroad checkerboard lands in the
THE LARGEST PUBLICLY FUNDED PURCHASES:
-California Desert-San Bernardino,
-Hearst Ranch -
-Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area/Yolo Bypass-Yolo and
-Diablo and Gabilan Range-Monterey,
-Carrizo Plain-San Luis Obispo County—30,000 acres
-Mill Creek-Del Norte County—25,500 acres
-Mendocino National Forest Inholding-Glenn County—23,000 acres
-Santa Clara River-Ventura County—2000 acres
We conclude that, along with well-informed voters and strong local control of development decisions, “the best way to truly control urban sprawl is to buy that land and add it to our state’s great park system”.