Natural Resources Management



The Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) for the American River Parkway (Parkway) is intended to provide relevant and defensible information to the Parkway Manager for making informed decisions for managing, maintaining, and enhancing Parkway resources. In general, the NRMP shall provide a clear understanding of existing Parkway resources, the effects of disturbances such as flood, fire, invasive species and human impacts, as well as opportunities for protections and enhancements. It should advise resource management for promoting healthy ecosystems and resource protections, while balancing concurrent Parkway goals of flood control, recreational opportunities and public safety.

​History and Background:

In 2008, Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks began a process to develop a NRMP for the Parkway. The original NRMP Stakeholder Committee (Committee) worked with Regional Parks from 2008 to 2010. The Committee was charged with gathering and evaluating natural resource data in order to provide recommendations to both protect and to improve the health of the Parkway's ecosystems and natural values. Although a final document was never completed, this Committee accomplished many important goals including baseline ecosystem mapping of the Parkway. The baseline mapping delineated the Parkway by ecosystem types, with an evaluation of current health, trends and threats in each area.

The Committee also identified high value resources as well as degraded areas that could be improved. The Committee made preliminary recommendations for Parkway management, including identifying opportunities for protecting identified high value resources and opportunities for creating desired habitat in degraded areas.

In 2014, the Department reinitiated the NRMP effort with the goal of creating a document that would be aligned with the goals and policies of the 2008 American River Parkway Plan. A new Stakeholder Committee convened in spring and summer of 2015 to develop a set of recommended draft Plan Specifications to provide the guidelines and parameters of a Scope of Work. The final NRMP Plan Specifications include all of the Stakeholder developed specifications with supplementary specifications added by Sacramento County Regional Parks staff.​

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American River Parkway
Natural Resources Management Plan
Estimated Project Timeline​

Upcoming Dates
Public Outreach Workshops
July 10, 9:30 a.m.
July 16, 6:30 p.m. 
​July 17, 2:30 p.m. 
July 23, 6:30 p.m. ​
Technical Task Force
July 2020 - January 2021
Public Draft Plan Completed
January 2021
Public Workshops
February 2021
Environmental Review
February - May 2021
Plan Adoption
June 2021

​​​​Note: This schedule is tentative and assumes that all required background data for the NRMP will be obtained in a timely fashion from other Lower American River Task Force (LARTF) organizations. In addition, this schedule assumes that the NRMP will only require a limited CEQA effort, and is subject to change if a more extensive environmental review process and document is required.​

Public Outreach:

The Department will be hosting virtual and workshops and an online survey. The online survey will be live from July 15 - Sep.​ 15. Public Outreach Workshop agendas can be found online

The online survey is available now through Sep. 15! ​For a copy of this survey in a language other than English, please contact Liz Bellas at​ and indicate the language requested. A hard copy of the translated survey will be sent to yo​u.

La encuesta en línea ya está disponible hasta el 15 de septiembre! Para obtener una copia de esta encuesta en un idioma diferente del inglés, por favor comuníquese con Liz Bellas en e indique el idioma solicitado. Le enviaremos una copia impresa de la encuesta traducida.

Онлайн-опрос уже доступен до 15 сентября включительно! Чтобы получить копию этого опроса на другом языке, кроме английского, свяжитесь с Лиз Беллас по э-почте и укажите требуемый язык. Вам будет отправлена бумажная копия переведенного опроса.

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該在綫上調查一直持續到9月15日!如需獲得使用除英語之外的其他語言編寫的調查問卷,請發送電子郵件至 與Liz Bellas聯絡,幷注明所請求提供的語言版本。一份翻譯版調查問卷的硬抄本將寄送給您。​​

Comments related to the NRMP can be emailed to Liz Bellas