Cosumnes Watershed – BLM Restoration Landscape Project
As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ‘Investing in America’ agenda, the Bureau of Land Management is infusing $161 million into ecosystem restoration and resilience. The work focuses on 21 “Restoration Landscapes” across 11 western states, restoring public lands, strengthening communities and local economies, advancing climate resilience, and furthering their commitment to Tribal collaboration and partnership. As one of those 21 restoration landscapes, the Bureau of Land Management is collaborating with Preserve partners and communities to help restore landscapes for future generations.
The Cosumnes River is the last free-flowing river extending from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to California’s Great Central Valley. There, it joins with the Mokelumne River to form a matrix of wetlands, riparian forests, and natural floodplains filled with upland oak woodlands, savannas, and vernal pools. Together, this unique area forms the Cosumnes Watershed, home to the state’s largest remaining riparian oak forest and critical habitat for migrating and wintering birds, essential waterways for native fish, and serves as an important social and economic benefit for valley communities.
The Cosumnes Watershed Restoration Landscape investments of $8.4 million will restore and enhance habitat for wildlife, fisheries, wetlands, and floodplains, ensuring this remarkable preserve is protected for future generations.