PROTECT AMERICAN RIVER CANYONS
PARC PO Box 9312 Auburn, CA 95604
The winners of the PARC 2015 Essay Contest Scholarship for local High School Seniors have been selected. All five received $500 scholarship awards at a ceremony held at the Confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River. They are:
This year's topic question was:
In their essays, the students described the natural beauty, and shared their personal connection to the American River Canyons. They explained the importance of the Canyons to them and to our local community, and offered their ideas on how to protect the canyons for future generations to enjoy.
Read the winning essays by clicking the PDF icons above.
help ensure that PARC will be able to offer scholarships to more
of our deserving local students next year by making a
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.
Auburn Deserves a Good Paddling!
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.
River Guidebook Is Now Printed!
Order Guidebooks Here
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.
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:
Coloma-Lotus-Placerville 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 last 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 OBrien. 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 PARCs 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.
SYRCLs Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City featured the premiere screening of PARCs "Wild & Scenic North Fork American River" DVD on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
|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.|