San Joaquin River Gorge
Primary Contact: Tracy Rowland
BLM, San Joaquin River Gorge Management Area
P.O. Box 248
Auberry, CA 93602
559-855-3492 or 559-487-5280
Educational Partners: San Joaquin River Intertribal Heritage Education Corporation (a 5-yr Cooperative Agreement is in the signature process to establish this group as an official "Cooperating Association" for BLM); Sierra Unified School District (K-12)(a 5-yr Cooperative Agreement is in process to establish a long-term educational partnership, and establish GLOBE and other resource monitoring programs to be accomplished by student-scientists); U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Fresno County Sportsmen's Club, Quail Unlimited, California Department of Fish and Game, San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. We also work with local Native American tribes and Rancherias, as well as Indian Education Programs, providing programs to their students.
BLM's San Joaquin River Gorge consists of approx. 6,700 acres of BLM and Bureau of Reclamation lands. The area is managed by BLM via interagency agreement. The area ranges in elevation from 750 feet to over 2,200 feet and is bisected by one of the state's largest rivers. It is an ecological transition zone from the great Central Valley to the Sierra Nevada. This area is diverse geographically, and geologically, resulting in a unique blend of plants, wildlife, habitats and a rich legacy of prehistoric and historic cultural sites. BLM is in the process of preparing a nomination package to list the area as a Cultural Resource District on the National Register of Historic Places. The area is also in the heart of the wildland-urban interface, and as one of California's largest and most embattled rivers, the San Joaquin has quite a story to tell in regards to historic and contemporary struggles over water and hydro-power issues.
Current program emphasis is on cultural heritage awareness, but we are in the process of expanding programs to include the full range of natural resource topics. The area is especially interesting from a geologic and hydrologic perspective.
Cultural Heritage programs have been in place since 1996 and serve over 2,500 school children each year. We expect to serve over 5,000 children each year as we expand our program offerings.
Facilities include a group camp/picnic area, trailhead, over 22 miles of hiking/mountain biking/equestrian trails, a walk-in campground, museum, outdoor classroom/hands-on learning center, nature trail highlighting Native American uses of native plants, a replica Native American Village site and an archaeological exploration station.
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Clean URL: http://www.handsontheland.org/profile/san-joaquin-river-gorge
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