The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will hold budget hearings on June 8, 9 and 10.   We are asking you to make your voice heard to push for more funding and a comprehensive plan that will help get unhoused individuals off the American River Parkway.   Latest estimates pin the homeless population in the County at more than 16,000, which is the result of inaction from local leaders. A plan with timelines and investment in additional resources will help decrease the number of illegal campers on the Parkway and return our local streets, parks, businesses and the Parkway to the community.   To help with the push, we ask you: Attend the budget hearings either in-person or online and take part in public comment to make your voice heard. Learn more from the Supervisors’ calendar. Or, Contact your Supervisor through email or phone call. Here are templates to help get you started. Feel free to personalize.   Thank you for learning more about getting involved. Let us know if you have any questions.   CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERVISORS Supervisor Don Notolli, Sacramento County District 5 – Chair Supervisor Richard Desmond, Sacramento County District 3 – Vice Chair Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1 Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County District 2 Supervisor Sue Frost, Sacramento County District 4   CC on the email: Continue Reading
Coyotes are common along the full 23-mile stretch of the American River Parkway. Here are a few things you need to know when it comes to interacting with them: Though you may see a coyote at any time of the day, they are most active at dawn and dusk. If you do see one, do not approach it and enjoy it from a distance. Coyotes are naturally curious and may follow or observe you from a distance. If a coyote gets too close, DO NOT RUN. Face the coyote and maintain eye contact. If a coyote gets aggressive, make loud noises and wave your arms. If this doesn’t work, throw rocks or sticks. Most encounters with coyotes result from the presence of a pet dog. This can be because the coyote sees the dog as potential competition, or – in the case of smaller dogs – as a food source. This is one reason why it is important to keep your dog on a leash at all times while on the Parkway. Keep small children and pets close if you see a coyote and do not leave them unattended while in coyote territory. January through March is coyote mating season. You may see coyotes exhibit more territorial behavior during this time. A coyote may “escort” your dog away from den/territory, food or pups during pup rearing season (Spring and Summer). It may also bluff charge your dog if it gets too close. If a coyote is aggressive, report the incident to Park Rangers by calling 3-1-1. Learn more about coyotes and how you can help keep them wild from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Continue Reading
Rattlesnakes are found on the American River Parkway. As the weather heats up, they will become more active, including at night when they may be hard to see. Fortunately, rattlesnake bites are rare and mostly occur during improper handling of a snake or when they’re brushed against by someone walking or climbing. Here are some tips from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on how you can avoid a rattlesnake bite: Stay alert when outdoors. Wear sturdy boots and loose-fitting long pants. DO NOT wear sandals or flip-flops in brushy areas. Stay on well-used trails. Avoid tall grass, weeds, and heavy underbrush. Check rocks, stumps or logs before sitting down. Shake out sleeping bag and tent before use. Let others know where you are going, when you plan to return, and carry a cell phone. Hike with a companion when possible. DO NOT grab “sticks” in water. Rattlesnakes can swim. DO NOT let dogs off leash. Dogs are at increased risk when sniffing the ground near brushy areas. DO NOT try to touch or handle a snake, dead or alive. Dead rattlers may still inject venom shortly after death. Give live rattlesnakes enough space. They will usually escape before striking. In the event of a rattlesnake bite, here is what you should do: Stay calm – but act quickly! Remove items which may constrict swelling (e.g., watches, rings, shoes). Transport victim to the nearest medical facility. Do NOT apply a tourniquet. Do NOT pack the bite area in ice. Do NOT cut the wound with a knife or razor. Do NOT use your mouth to suck out the venom. If a pet is bitten – Speak to your veterinarian about canine rattlesnake vaccine options. Learn more about rattlesnakes, the importance of their conservation and how they behave at California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.   Continue Reading
Up to $100,000 total will be distributed this year for one to three proposals that improve visitor experience on the American River Parkway   SACRAMENTO, Calif. – There is a little more than one month left to submit a Letter of Intent for the TEICHERT-Parkway Fund, according to the American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation). The TEICHERT-Parkway Fund will provide up to $100,000 in funding for proposals this year that improve the visitor experience on the American River Parkway (Parkway).   Letters of Intent are due June 15.   The TEICHERT-Parkway Fund is funded through generous donations from TEICHERT through their gravel mining operations and administered by the Parkway Foundation. Proposals should align with education, recreation, access or Parkway enhancements.   “Anyone can submit a proposal as long as the project occurs on or is connected to the American River Parkway,” said Dianna Poggetto, Parkway Foundation Executive Director. “This year we are especially looking for creative proposals that are innovative and link new technology to the Parkway’s visitor experience or enhance underutilized sections of the Parkway.”   Invitations to submit a full proposal will be shared with some applicants upon review of the Letters of Intent. Funding for successful applicants will be distributed in November of this year.   This is the second year for distribution of funding through the TEICHERT-Parkway Fund. In 2021, $20,000 was awarded to Romig Education Consultants to coordinate with local nonprofit organizations focused on Parkway education to develop a curriculum for Sacramento area schools that integrates the Parkway and meets current science standards.   “This group has attempted to work together in many forms for many years and this funding allows someone to further focus and organize the coalition; someone who has the time and financial backing to do this important work,” said Phil Romig, Founder of Romig Education Consultants. “As of this date, we have five educational programs on the parkway and 14 schools from a local district working together to design a systematic approach.”   Soil Born Farms was also awarded $19,500 in grant funding to establish access points to the Parkway from the organization’s campus. This will increase access to the Parkway and incorporate accessible walkways in the area.   More details about the TEICHERT-Parkway Fund, including how to apply, can be found at   About the American River Parkway Foundation The American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization focused on active conservation of all 23 miles of the American River Parkway (Parkway). Through managing programs like volunteer clean-ups, infrastructure improvements, trail maintenance, fire mitigation and education, the Parkway Foundation leads and inspires the community to conserve and nurture the Parkway as a unique, accessible resource for everyone to enjoy. Learn more at   — ### —   Continue Reading
Did you know the American River Parkway Foundation has a bicycle jersey?     Regular price is $99, but the Parkway Foundation arranged for a special price of $79! JERSEY DETAILS: • Comfortable fit for every rider • Full length hidden YKK zipper • 3 rear cargo pockets • Additional zippered pocket for valuables • Elastic waistband with silicon gripper • Reflective piping for visibility • Men’s & Women’s sizing (XXS-5XL) • Youth version also available (8-14) Click here to check it our and order yours Continue Reading

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