California is getting a new state park — in San Joaquin Valley

San Francisco Chronicle

Check out the recent San Francisco Chronicle article announcing how our Dos Rios Ranch near Modesto may become California’s newest state park.

Dos Rios Ranch is perhaps the most ambitious attempt to restore a river ecosystem in the Central Valley and is nearing completion. In the eight-year, $10 million project, the nonprofit organization River Partners had the goal of bringing the 1,600-acre former farm at the confluence of the Tuolomne and San Joaquin rivers near Merced back to a version of its original state. River Partners planted native trees and other plants to create a habitat for migratory birds and fish and a floodplain that reduces flooding to the surrounding areas and cleans and increases the water supply.”

The project has restored habitat for many endangered species already. But, the biggest beneficiaries of the new park will be humans, said River Partners President, Julie Rentner.

“For this place to become publicly accessible park for the people of the valley to enjoy is a dream come true,” she said. “I can’t imagine how good it will feel to make a reservation on ReserveCalifornia (which handles state park camping reservations) and come out and camp and enjoy this remarkable area.”

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