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​

Estimated Completion
Administrative Draft NRMP
February, 2020
Public Draft NRMP
May, 2020
Public Outreach Survey & Workshops

June, 2020

Start CEQA Environmental Review
June, 2020​
Decision-Maker Hearings
September, ​2020​​
Final NRMP
October, 2020​​

​​​​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 in-person public outreach.  Check back here for links to on-line surveys and dates, times and locations of public outreach meetings.