View the video above to learn more about the Placer Land Trust.
The city of Lincoln’s history is rich with agricultural heritage. Farming continues to be one of the primary industries in the area.
As Lincoln grows and develops, some of the landscape will be converted to cityscape. Fortunately, the Lincoln development plan includes a mandate that all development includes at least 40% open space in the design. As neighborhoods are built, additional parks, greenbelts, wetlands and nature preserves will also be developed.
The Placer Land Trust is a non-profit organization that also prioritizes the importance of preserving open space. The mission of the Placer Land Trust reads:
“We believe that wild open spaces and natural playgrounds add to quality of life and are an essential platform to connect people to themselves, others and the land. For this reason, we work with willing landowners and conservation partners to permanently protect natural and agricultural lands in Placer County for future generations. Protecting and enhancing the land, including restoring habitat and building trails, ensures that natural wonders and natural playgrounds remain a part of our community, now and forever…”
Two Placer Land Trust preserves are located near Lincoln: the Swainson’s Preserve and the Doty Ravine Preserve. Each of them expands more than 400 acres of wetlands, grazing space and vernal pools.
The Swainson’s Preserve straddles the Lincoln-Sheridan Highway (the former Highway 65 route) just 2 miles north of Lincoln. The property is easily recognized by the prominent barn standing near the highway. On the west side of the highway, the preserve borders the northern edge of the Foskett Ranch development. This property is preserved from further development in perpetuity.
The Doty Ravine Preserve is located along Gladding Road, north of West Wise Road. The preserve features over 30 bluebird boxes, grazing area and the Doty Ravine.
For more information about the Placer Land Trust, visit their website.
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