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Winter Hikes
See the December 2014 newsletter The Confluence

2015 High School Scholarship Essay Contest Awards Increased
Lake Clementine Hydro Project  |  River-Friendly Landscaping at Home
Paddle the Confluence to China Bar
Preview the new Guidebook in a Flipbook Tour!   |  Retail Outlets for our new Guidebook
PARC Film in W&S Film Festival


Now is a good time to make your end of the year donation to PARC's American River conservation and education efforts. See how here.

Two Winter Solstice Weekend Hikes

Saturday, December 20 ~ Hike the Clementine Trail from the Confluence to Lake Clementine and back. Meet at 10 am at the Confluence Information Kiosk.

Historic Clementine Trail Covered Bridge circa 1910About 5 miles round trip. This easy popular Confluence Trail along the North Fork is consistently rated the most popular Auburn State Recreation Area trail for hiking and biking by Trails.com. Information will be available on the Lake Clementine Hydro Project impacts to recreation and wildlife.
Rain cancels.

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or more info email Eric at parc@jps.net.

 

Sunday, December 21 ~ American Canyon to Confluence. Meet at 9:00 am at the Confluence Information Kiosk.

Photographing fungi

California Newts (Firebellies)

We will set up a car shuttle and hike from American Canyon to the Confluence for a distance of 9+ miles. This long hike that drops down to the river from the 3rd gate at Auburn Trails picks up the Middle Fork at Maine Bar and continues on the Quarry Road Trail to the Confluence. We will pass by historic gold campsites, and an Indian grinding rock site. Fungi reign this wet year! We may see California newts and bald eagles.
Rain cancels.

For more info contact Tom at twcoyote532@hotmail.com or Eric at parc@jps.net.

See January hikes here


Scholarship Awards increased to $1500 for 2015 Essay Contest

The Essay Contest topic for High School Seniors graduating in 2015 will be:

Why do I care about the American River, and what is my vision for protection of the river and its canyons for future generations?

Protect American River Canyons Scholarship logoStudents can apply for the Scholarships by submitting an original essay of no more than 500 words describing their response to the topic question about the North and Middle Fork American Rivers and canyons located upstream of Folsom Reservoir, in the Auburn State Recreation Area.

Download the essay contest rules and entry form below:

Scholarship Essay Contest rules and application

See more about the Scholarship Essay Contest here


The American River Fall Cleanup

The American River Fall Cleanup held on September 20, 2014 was an overwhelming success despite the cool breeze in the morning with raspy smoke so thick that the cleanup came within seconds of being canceled. Thanks to all who turned out and all who clean the river and canyons on a regular basis making it cleaner and safer for all. YOU ARE OUR HEROES!!

American River Cleanup Fall 2014
Historic Boiler removal at Pennyweight on North Fork

Paddle Safety Day Fun

Many thanks to Sierra Outdoor Center and Canyon Raft Rentals for providing gear and the Canyon Keepers for hosting the Junior Ranger Activities.

2014 Paddle Safety Day



River-Friendly Landscaping

River-Friendly Landscaping at Home

Easy steps for creating healthy, beautiful landscapes while protecting and caring for our environment.

Click here for the brochure: The 7 Principles of River-Friendly Landscaping

Courtesy of River-Friendly Landscaping


Auburn Deserves a Good Paddling!

Yonica and Family
Paddle Auburn! Confluence to China Bar Whitewater Run available weekends. Water comes up at the Confluence from Middle Fork
Hydro release around 5:00 PM.

These long summer solstice days are perfect for paddling from the Confluence Area to China Bar below the City of Auburn. The China Bar Auburn SRA access is open on weekends till sunset. The PCWA hydro release reaches the Confluence Area around 5:00 PM - plenty of time to paddle this 4.5 mile stretch of river before sunset. Otters, blue herons and, rarely, bear and bald eagles have been observed along this stretch of river.

Otters playing on rocks
Otters playing on rocks


PARC participates in the American River Cleanup twice a year, in spring and fall.
In 2014, the Fall American River CleanUp will be held on Saturday, September 20.
Great Sierra River Cleanup 2014
Rex removing metal from the river

Removal of shopping carts and other trash on double kayak

Bill finds a tire

Collaborating with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
to Keep the American River Clean & Safe
on Saturday, September 20th, 2014

PARC Logo
Auburn SRA California State Parks Badge
Canyon Keepers Logo
Recology-Auburn Placer Logo
Co-Sponsors of the Clean Up

American River Guidebook Is Now Printed!
It's ready to ship and is also available at local stores

Order Guidebooks Here

Front and Back cover of new 'The American River Insider's Guide to Recreation, Ecology and Cultural History of the North, Middle and South Forks'

Update: The book is fresh off the printers! It is ready to ship per orders from this website. It's also available at local stores. See list of stores below.

Looking for the most up-to-date recreational, historical and ecological information for the Auburn State Recreation Area? PARC's completely revised 416-page 3rd edition is now available. To sample the book just click on the APi-Marketing link for a 70+ page Flipbook Tour of the Insider's Guide.

Mystic Design's Laurel Mathe has redesigned the book format making it easier to access specific information on the river and canyons. The guidebook first published over 20 years ago includes a new color natural history chapter, with illustrations by John Muir Laws. The trails chapter has been completely revised with new maps, trails descriptions including the Western States Trail, natural and cultural history sidebars, activities to do while hiking with kids and contributions from the Canyon Keepers and local guidebook authors. A complete concise mile-by-mile whitewater chapter written by river guides includes: rapid difficulty ratings and descriptions, maps, geology, Gold Rush history and access information to the North, Middle and South Forks. The richly illustrated Native American River History chapter features Native American traditions as viewed through song, dance, basket making, acorn food preparation and creation myths. Romanticized stories and songs of the Gold Rush, complete with Charles Weed's historic photos of the Grand Flume on the Middle, and other photos from the early days of the Gold Rush are featured in the history chapter. The final pages of the guidebook are devoted to options for permanently protecting the American River.


It is with deep appreciation that PARC would like to thank all the authors, editors, photographers and artists who collaborated to create this book out of their concern for the future of the American River.
Handshake

The Guidebook is now available at the following locations.

Auburn Area Retail Outlets:

Sacramento Area Outlets:

Coloma-Lotus-Placerville Area Outlets:

Other Areas:

Or order from this website:


PARC Produced Wild and Scenic Video shown at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & Scenic North Fork American River Video

Earlier this year PARC started working on producing a DVD video promoting California Wild & Scenic designation for a 16 mile segment of the North Fork American River from Colfax Iowa Bridge to Lake Clementine. This part of the river has already been deemed eligible for Wild & Scenic designation. The DVD was made with support of a grant from Patagonia and is hosted by local educator, Bart O’Brien. Ridgeline Entertainment, an Auburn based film production company, assisted PARC in the filming and editing of this educational DVD.

This video will be part of PARC’s on-going campaign to garner local and statewide support to keep the North Fork free-flowing from the threat of the still authorized Auburn dam. Local Congressman Tom McClintock has been actively working on lobbying support to build the dam with his recent keynote address to the revived Auburn Dam Council.

SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City featured the premiere screening of PARC’s "Wild & Scenic North Fork American River" DVD on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

See more about Wild & Scenic American River


Protect American River Canyons is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural, recreational, cultural, and historical resources of the North and Middle Forks of the American River and its canyons, for all to care for and enjoy.
 

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