Section of Sac River could become national rec area |

Section of Sac River could become national rec area

More than 17,000 acres of forest, grassland and wildflower patches in Northern California’s “Bend Area” along the Sacramento River in rural Shasta and Tehama counties could be set aside as a national recreation area.

U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) Wednesday introduced legislation that would establish the Sacramento River National Recreation Area on 17,869 acres of public land next to the Sacramento River, lower Battle Creek, and lower Paynes Creek. The land is currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

It is a popular area for hunting, hiking, rafting, fishing, biking, horseback riding and picnicking. The area is home to diverse wildlife, including bald eagles, mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer, tiger salamanders and pelicans.

The number of tourists visiting the area has grown from 36,000 to nearly 83,000 since 2004, according to the BLM.

The legislation would not affect private property, existing rights or activities such as hunting, fishing or motorboat use. Grazing would continue to be allowed where it currently exists, and would be managed as it is today.

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