Stock Ranch Nature Preserve

Citrus Heights, California

Foothill Associates developed a restoration, trails, and interpretive plan for the Stock Ranch Nature Preserve. The preserve is a 47-acre open-space park with over 1.5 miles of walking paths along Arcade and San Juan Creeks in Citrus Heights, CA. Foothill Associates held site tours with over 300 members of the public participating. We also developed and maintained an interactive public outreach website for the public to watch a video site tour, view site photos, and leave comments. As the project progressed, project updates, conceptual plan, and additional information were posted to the website. The plan included interpretive signs and interpretive play features covering oak and riparian woodlands, vernal pools/wetlands, native plants, water quality, and wildlife. Conceptual design and construction documents were prepared for the trails, interpretive sign panels, sign frames, kiosks, main entry sign, native plant demonstration garden, and oak woodland restoration area.

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Over 300 members of the public attended site tours held throughout the day on a Saturday afternoon.

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The site tour included discussion of the proposed project and a survey to find out about residents desires.

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A project website was developed for those who could not attend the Saturday public site tour, or who wanted to share their thoughts and opinions. The website contained a video site tour, site photos, and comment area.

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Conceptual plan of the Preserve showing layout of interactive oak exhibit, interactive wetland exhibit, entry kiosk, trail signs, gateways, and native plant demonstration garden.

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Interpretive signs and interpretive play pieces feature oak and riparian woodlands, vernal pools and wetlands, native plants, water quality, and wildlife.

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Plant identification signs are planned throughout the native plant demonstration garden.

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Construction documents, specifications, and cost estimates were prepared.

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Oak tree stump showing the process of decomposition.