Connecting Hidden Falls to the Bear River

Posted 12/4/2016 11:10 AM

Placer County acquired the final three links last month needed to lay out a public trail network that someday will connect Hidden Falls Regional Park to the Bear River.

“These acquisitions represent a major milestone in our efforts to achieve two important goals: preserving oak woodlands, stream corridors and other key open space areas and building trails so the public can enjoy them,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Holmes. “Completing the trail network will be a major undertaking, and I am confident we will succeed.”

He emphasized that Placer County has a proven strategy for open space preservation that relies on partnerships with organizations such as the Placer Land Trust and the use of federal and state grants to supplement local funding.

“I am elated to see how much has been accomplished since the County created the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program in 2000,” said Supervisor Robert M. Weygandt, a leading proponent of the program. “These latest acquisitions are small, but important pieces of the puzzle because they will allow us to build trails that connect Hidden Falls to more than 3,500 acres of foothill wilderness preserved by the Placer Land Trust.”