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April 12 American River Clean-Up
Preview the new Guidebook in a Flipbook Tour! | PARC Film in W&S Film Festival
High School Essay Contest | Some Canyon Events from 2013

Saturday, April 12, 2014 ~ 8 AM-1 PM
American River Clean-Up

Meet at the Old Auburn-Foresthill Curved Bridge near the Confluence (3 miles below Auburn near the Highway 49 American River Crossing). See map.

Check in at the Protect American River Canyons information booth to register, pick up trash collection bags, graffiti removal supplies, snacks and receive a complimentary Confluence Parkway map. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring gloves, sunscreen and a water bottle to fill.

Historic Bridges of the Confluence hike led by Canyon Keepers begins @ 9:00 am

For more information about the clean-up contact the Auburn State Recreation Area office @ 530-885-4527 or PARC @ 530-885-8878.

Sponsored by Auburn State Recreation Area, Protect American River Canyons
and the Canyon Keepers.
Special thanks to PG&E, Recology-Auburn and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy

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.

The Guidebook is now available at the following locations.

Auburn Area Retail Outlets:

Sacramento Area Outlets:

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

PARC 2013 Scholarship winners Garrett Jordan, Kellyn McDonald, and Toby Qualls
PARC Scholarship Essay Contest
PARC 2013 High School Essay Contest Winners: 2nd place $250 Garret Jordan, 1st place $500 Kellyn McDonald, 2nd place $250 Toby Qualls, all of Placer High School in Auburn.

2014 PARC High School Scholarship Essay Contest Winners will be posted soon.

PARC received many, many wonderful and thoughtful essays for last year’s contest. Kellyn, Garret and Toby wrote outstanding and inspiring essays on the question:

What do the American River and its canyons mean to me and my community, and what should be done to protect them for future generations.

The students shared their family and personal connections to the River Canyons, which often included hiking, rafting, jogging or fishing experiences. They explained how the canyons are important to our local community and economy, and offered suggestions for protecting the canyons for future generations. Their ideas included promoting river stewardship education of youth, such as training Youth River Ambassadors, and obtaining Wild and Scenic Protection for the Canyons.

Sneak Peek at This Year’s Essay Topic:

"What motivates me to care about the American River and its canyons and what can my generation do to help shape a positive future for the river and its canyons?"

Top five winners will share $500, $250, $250, $100 and $100. Scholarships deadline will be March 15, 2014.

Click here to read 2013's fine, award-winning essays.

Please help ensure that PARC will be able to offer scholarships to more of our deserving local students next year by making a
tax-deductible contribution to the PARC Scholarship Fund

Some of the recent events PARC has participated in include Paddle Safety Day,
Spring and Fall American River Cleanup Day, the
Wild American River Duck Derby, and the Auburn Community Festival.
See photos below.

Photos from PARC’S ANNUAL FALL Paddle Safety Day & Junior Ranger Activities at Upper-Lake Clementine on Sunday, September 2013.

The community was able to try out a variety of river, lake and ocean boats for free at Upper-Lake Clementine. PARC participates in this event twice a year, along with Auburn State Recreation Area, ASRA Canyon Keepers, Sierra Outdoor Center and Canyon Raft Rentals.

The day also features Junior Ranger Activities and our honored guests the Native American Miwok Dancers.

Max on Paddle Board, Paddle Day
Paddle Day Kayak Beach
Paddle boarding on Paddle Safety Day
Kayak Beach, Paddle Safety Day

PARC participates in the American River Cleanup twice a year, in spring and fall.
This year, the Fall American River CleanUp was held on Saturday, September 21.

Great Sierra River Cleanup 2013
Sid - Kayak Cleanup
Rex removing metal from the river

Collaborating with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
to Keep the American River Clean & Safe
on Saturday, September 21st

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

2nd Annual
Wild American River Duck Derby floats to another successful year

On September 7th PARC and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce released and captured 2,000 ducks on the North Fork, raising thousands of dollars for local non-profit groups. A $1,000 prize was awarded to the first duck crossing the finish line. The Foresthill Bridge Base Jumpers soared in the sky above the Duck Derby.

Duck soup
Ducks in rapids
Duck Soup at the 2nd annual Duck Derby
Ducks in the rapids, North Fork American River
BASE jump from Foresthill Bridge
Foresthill Bridge BASE Jumper at the September 7th Adventure Auburn Event

PARC had an animal mask making booth at the Auburn Community Festival

Auburn Community Festival

Rock Spyders Return to Cave Valley

Rock Spyders climbing at Cave Valley Climbing Area, near Auburn, CA After a nine-year ban on rock climbing in the Auburn SRA, in September 2012 Climbing Resource Advocates of Sacramento, CRAGS, put in the successful bid to reopen the Cave Valley Rock Climbing Area in the Limestone Quarry on the Middle Fork of the American River. The area is open for year round climbing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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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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