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State Grant Will Expand Kaweah Oaks Preserve

Deep Creek at the Kaweah Oaks preserve near Visalia

A Prop 84 grant from the State of California will allow the expansion of the 322 acre Kaweah Oaks Preserve in coming months. According to to a grant notice the Sequoia Riverlands Trust will receive $410,181 to help acquire approximately 22 acres of riparian habitat adding approximately one-half mile of creek frontage along Deep Creek to the Kaweah Oaks Preserve in Tulare County.

The property long sought by preservationists is just to the north of the current preserve line and will enable to boundary to follow Deep Creek along the preserve’s northern edge (see map).The property is owned by the Hesse family and is the triangle piece just north of the current yellow boundary.

The original preserve was purchased in 1983.Crisscrossed with several tributaries of the Kaweah River the oak studded preserve is a popular outing destination just east of Visalia.

A formal ceremony is set for Sacramento November 28.

In 2006, California voters passed Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act, which authorized the Legislature to appropriate funds to benefit river parkway projects.

The California River Parkways Program, a competitive grant program administered by the secretary for natural resources, awards funds to public agencies and non-profit organizations to develop river parkways in their communities

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