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Cosumnes River Preserve: general information

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Cosumnes River Preserve

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The Central Valley once contained one of the largest expanses of streamside forest and wetland habitat in North America. Along with cottonwoods, willows, ash, and other flood-resistant trees, great forests of valley oaks studded its fertile floodplains. But the rich riverbottom soil that nourished the oaks was also coveted by private farmers who cleared most of the land.
Today, only tiny remnants of these magnificent oak groves are to be found in the Central Valley. Along the lower Cosumnes, sma...
The Central Valley once contained one of the largest expanses of streamside forest and wetland habitat in North America. Along with cottonwoods, willows, ash, and other flood-resistant trees, great forests of valley oaks studded its fertile floodplains. But the rich riverbottom soil that nourished the oaks was also coveted by private farmers who cleared most of the land.
Today, only tiny remnants of these magnificent oak groves are to be found in the Central Valley. Along the lower Cosumnes, small but significant stands of valley oaks have survived. These groves cover some 1,500 acres, and along with the remaining riverside forests and wetlands, they provide habitat for the wildlife that still flourishes here.
The Preserve is centered along the Cosumnes River, its floodplains and riparian habitat. This habitat is buffered by a variety of agricultural operations. The habitat supports wildlife, including birds that migrate throughout the Pacific Flyway.
Some fine trails, a dock for you to launch your canoe or kayak from, nature watching opportunities and a self-guided driving tour give visitors the chance to explore this preserve. For a truly nature perspective of how and when to photograph Sandhill Cranes and other birds in this Preserve, visit Stephen Fischers photography website.
More information on the Bureau of Landmanagement website.
This is the official Trailguide.  
The Central Valley once contained one of the largest expanses of streamside forest and wetland habitat in North America. Along with cottonwoods, willows, ash, and other flood-resistant trees, great forests of valley oaks studded its fertile floodplains. But the rich riverbottom soil that nourished the oaks was also coveted by private farmers who cleared most of the land.
Today, only tiny remnants of these magnificent oak groves are to be found in the Central Valley. Along the lower Cosumnes, sma...

Cosumnes River Preserve: nearby sleeping facilities

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6 preferred sleeping facilities (B&B's, inns, motels, etc.):

St George Hotel
The Jackson Lodge
Sonora Inn
Robin's Nest
10th Green Inn
Plymouth House Inn Bed & Breakfast

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