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Grant funds to expand Cosumnes River trail access

EL DORADO — The American River Conservancy has been awarded $504,550 in funding for a local trail project that will expand access to the outdoors and boost recreational opportunities along the Cosumnes River in El Dorado County.

Grant funding will support the planning and development of the first phase of the Cosumnes River Recreational Trail System located at the 3,157-acre El Dorado Ranch, which is currently owned and managed by local land trust American River Conservancy.

El Dorado Ranch is located approximately 10 miles south of Placerville on Highway 49. The grant is part of the Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program funded by Proposition 68. American River Conservancy is one of 19 awardees across the state. 

“Increased access to our natural spaces is more important than ever. These multi-benefit projects not only enhance recreational opportunities but increase access, which can improve physical and mental health,” California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said. “We are excited to award these grants to support organizations and local governments that are committed to expanding and improving access to the outdoors.”

“Trails provide a way for people to experience and appreciate the abundant natural resources that give El Dorado County its unique character and increase appreciation for these same resources,” American River Conservancy Executive Director Elena DeLacy said. “This project will encourage health-related opportunities for the public to connect with nature by providing safe access to a part of the Cosumnes River watershed that is currently inaccessible to the general public.”

But don’t lace up your hiking boots just yet. Planning and permitting for the Cosumnes River Recreational Trail System is still in the works. 

In 2018 California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Prop. 68), which directed $27.7 million to the Natural Resources Agency for competitive grants that provide non-motorized infrastructure development and enhancements that promote new or alternate access to parks, waterways, outdoor recreational pursuits and forested or other natural environments to encourage health-related active transportation and opportunities for Californians to reconnect with nature.



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