Statements from Officials and Dignitaries
The protection and restoration of Dos Rios Ranch will create jobs in the community, benefit wildlife in this 800-mile river system, and improve flood protection and public safety for California. It is a model project on many levels. It successfully leverages federal, state, and local funding. It brings the agriculture and conservation communities together; and it builds on ongoing conservation efforts in the valley.
Flanked by the Tuolumne River Regional Park and the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge, the Dos Rios Ranch is a critical puzzle piece that moves the Tuolumne River Parkway vision forward. This accomplishment will be recorded in history books as a victory for conservation, flood protection and outdoor recreation in the heart of California. We need to carefully steward our rivers, natural areas, and wildlife habitat for our children and grandchildren. This project is a legacy that will benefit future generations for many years to come.
Dos Rios Ranch is a model for conservation and restoration projects. It brings together a host of federal, state, local and private partners to protect and rehabilitate vitally important lands in the Central Valley. Not only is this land important in several regional resource protection plans, it also offers benefits for water supply reliability, flood control and wildlife protection. We have a duty to protect and restore California's most pristine and important lands, but we must do so in a fiscally responsible way. Dos Rios Ranch shows how that can be done.
Today signifies a proud moment for California and a significant victory for our Central Valley. This investment in California's future is the result of years of hard work and commitment, and has resulted in the preservation of one of the most biologically rich areas of our state. I supported this effort by helping to build the local, state and federal partnership behind it, and I am pleased to see it become a reality. The Dios Rios Ranch habitat will connect the Tuolumne River Parkway and San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge projects, creating a unique swath of conservation, flood control and recreation opportunities in the heart of California. It will be a treasure in the San Joaquin Valley for generations to come.
The restoration and preservation of the Dos Rios Ranch property is a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration. This project will protect fragile wildlife and plant habitat, create recreation and learning opportunities, and improve flood control. I am glad to see the Dos Rios Ranch become a California landmark today.
The Department of Fish and Game and the Wildlife Conservation Board are proud to be partners in the protection of this 1600 acres for wildlife and recreation. An awful lot of California's wildlife habitat has been mined, dredged, polluted or paved-over, and habitat loss leads to species decline. Healthy fish and wildlife populations are important parts of California's above average quality of life. When we can combine habitat protection with flood control, recreation and educational opportunities, we create something of value for everyone.
The challenges facing our rivers and waterways are complicated and immense. It takes the combined efforts of many entities to achieve real progress towards restoration and preservation. Dos Rios is a true success story.
The purchase and restoration of Dos Rios Ranch eases flood pressure on farmland and cities downstream, ensures rich habitat for fish and wildlife, and opens public access to miles of riverfront. It's the kind of wise, multiple-benefit use of flood-prone land that the Department of Water Resources encourages. We're happy to be a partner in this smart investment.