|Regional Director Don Glaser speaks at the Recreation Agreement signing ceremony.|
Auburn-Folsom-Natoma Recreation Agreement
The Region and the California Department of Parks and Recreation signed an agreement in February 2012 for the state to continue managing recreational activities on large tracts of Reclamation land in Central California. The Folsom and Auburn state recreation areas include Folsom Lake, Lake Natoma and the Auburn Project Lands.
The agreement serves as the basis for the state to continue to provide recreation, visitor services, law enforcement and maintenance on these federal lands for the next 25 years. Together, the recreation areas comprise 53,000 acres of land and waterways.
During a ceremony in Auburn, representatives of about 30 groups and organizations that helped Reclamation and the state reach the agreement signed a ceremonial certificate of achievement.
|A hiker at the Auburn Recreation area.|
Regional Director Glaser, addressing the audience, said that “the surrounding communities in Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento Counties will realize a direct economic benefit as the public continues to visit the Folsom and Auburn State Recreation Areas and enjoy all that they have to offer.”
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
Dry conditions in the Upper Klamath Basin in 2012 resulted in limited water supplies that made it difficult for the Region to address the many varying water needs in the Klamath Basin. Even so, the Region was able to provide substantial water supplies to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, the nation’s first large marshland preserved for waterfowl habitat.
|Lower Klamath National Wildife Refuge.|
Reclamation initially provided more than 35,000 acre-feet of water to the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge for the flooding of about 18,000 acres of refuge wetlands. In September and October, Reclamation was able to provide another 20,000 acre-feet of water for the refuge, located in northeastern California and southern Oregon.
Reclamation works closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify opportunities to provide additional water to the refuge to further assist in the flooding and sustaining of essential, seasonal and permanent marshes. At the same time, Reclamation is charged with balancing scarce water supplies among fisheries, wildlife refuges, Tribes, and irrigators.
Reclamation has made significant lease contract changes over the last decade to improve agricultural compatibility with wildlife on refuges such as the flood-fallowing of lease lots to create wetlands and providing incentives for organic crop production.
February 22, 2013