The Placer Land Trust announced this week that acquisition of 160 acres of land along the North Fork of the American River, completing a five-mile stretch of protected riverfront.
The Mergen North Fork Preserve overlooks the river at Gillis Hill and abuts the Auburn State Recreation Area.
"Protecting this property from development ensures that a five-mile stretch - from above the Colfax Iowa Hill Bridge downstream past Indian Creek and Shirttail Creek all the way to Yankee Jim's Bridge - will remain wild and scenic, forever," said Jeff Darlington, the trust's executive director.
The land, purchased with help from Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust, was acquired from Paul and Joy Mergen for $175,000.
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